We are excited to announce a call for papers for our cultural and historic preservation conference coming this Fall (October 12-13, 2018). We invite proposals for individual papers as well as complete sessions on the theme “Community Preservation through Adaptive Reuse.” Adaptive reuse is a strategy commonly employed by preservationists, architects, and planners to extend the use-life of historic buildings and sites. Perhaps because it is not as readily measurable as financial benefits, the ability of adaptive reuse to strengthen community relationships and identities is often overlooked. Despite this lack of attention, adaptive reuse has the potential to be a powerful form of place-making that promotes community solidarity. Taking this perspective, historic buildings and sites are seen as more than fabric. They are also seen as richly layered “texts” that combine material and non-material cultural narratives of a community’s past, present, and even future. In many cases, the range of narratives associated with a particular building or site is as diverse as the community itself, which has the potential to create a shared sense of history.
The purpose of this conference is to explore adaptive reuse as a form of community preservation. Potential topics include position papers, conceptualizing adaptive reuse, historical analysis, and case studies. Papers in any field of academic or applied preservation (e.g. architecture, architectural history, archaeology, museum studies, preservation planning/policy) and public history are welcome. Presenters of accepted papers will have conference registration fees waived.
Our keynote speaker will be Jim Lindberg (National Trust for Historic Preservation-Vice President for Research and Policy and former Senior Director of the Preservation Green Lab).
The deadline for submission is May 1, 2018.