Philosophy & Architecture International Postgraduate Conference 2015
Architecture is one the most antique cultural symbols of the human achievement. For some, it is an art; for others, it is just a craft. We experience it and are surrounded by buildings that decisively influence the way we live. Still, most of the times, this familiarity becomes a kind of invisibility and indifference. If we consider the architectural thought within a philosophical perspective we can understand its roots and its importance to human civilization, that is to say not only the idea of an object but also all the encompassed idea of a worldview.
The conference aims to promote high-quality research among young scholars in the fields of the relationships between Architecture and Philosophy. Our goal is to refresh the debate on questions such as how these two areas of study can work together and what can both approaches profit from each other. How can we discuss the idiosyncrasies of Architecture within a philosophical point of view, focusing its contemporary relevance? We invite all new understandings of the concept of Architecture, developing new configurations of debate and attempting an alternative theoretical device to the actual production.
Topics of interest might include (but certainly are not limited to):
- Contemporary Art and Architectural Theories
- Architecture, Design and Sculpture: the ‘paragone’ and the arts of space
- Spatial concepts and philosophy
- Architectural and philosophical systems
- Architecture as metaphor
- Authorship and style
- Public policies, morality and the city
- Architecture with/without architects
- Architecture and landscape
MA and PhD students of Philosophy, Architecture and related disciplines are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words are to be send to philosophyarchitecture[at]outlook.com. All presentations will be 15-20 minutes long and followed by discussion. Please send the abstracts as PDF files without identifying information and a separate document with a short biography (including degree currently under study, main publications and academic affiliation). Suggestions for panels are welcome and should be sent along with a statement outlining the panel’s relevance. The best papers selected by the scientific committee will be published. There will be no registration fees for paper presentations.
- Adriana Veríssimo Serrão (University of Lisbon)
- Armando Rabaça (University of Coimbra)
- Carlos Machado (University of Porto)
- Diogo Ferrer (University of Coimbra)
- Gonçalo Byrne (Catholic University of Portugal)
- Inês Moreira (University of Porto)
- Jorge Figueira (University of Coimbra)
- José Bragança de Miranda (New University of Lisboa & Lusófona University)
- José Duarte Gorjão Jorge (University of Lisbon)
- José Miranda Justo (University of Lisbon)
- Luís Santiago Baptista (Lusófona University)
- Margarida Brito Alves (New University of Lisbon)
- Manuel Graça Dias (University of Porto)
- Vítor Moura (University of Minho)
- Yolanda Espiña (Catholic University of Portugal)
- Maribel Mendes Sobreira (maribel.sobreira[at]campus.ul.pt)
- Tomás N. Castro (tomas.castro[at]campus.ul.pt)
- Center of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon
If you have any inquiries regarding the conference, please feel free to email philosophyarchitecture[at]outlook.com or the organizing committee.