New Light on Vernacular Architecture Studies in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man


This interdisciplinary conference, focusing on current developments in the study of vernacular architecture in Britain, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, is organised jointly by the University of Liverpool's Centre for Manx Studies and Manx National Heritage.
Conference Aims
The study of vernacular architecture in the British Isles has, until recently, primarily concentrated on documenting and dating vernacular buildings and building materials, although in some areas even this remains to be done. Recently, there has been evidence of a reappraisal of the vernacular through more analytical and/or interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to clarify these trends and to extend the boundaries of research into the vernacular architecture of these islands by identifying and promoting potential future directions of study.

Specifically, the conference aims to:
  • promote the study of vernacular architecture in Britain, Ireland, and the Isle of Man.
  • identify and encourage new directions, interpretations, and approaches in this research.
  • bring together scholars from a variety of different disciplines to encourage inter- and multi-disciplinary dialogue on studies in vernacular architectures, environments, landscapes, and settlements.
  • provide a forum for the discussion and debate of key issues.

Further details about the conference will be made available nearer the time on the conference website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/manxstudies/VernacularArchitecture.htm.

Call for Papers
300 word abstracts are invited for 20-minute papers. We also welcome suggestions for session themes and panel discussions. Please submit abstracts by email to Dr Catriona Mackie at c.mackie@liverpool.ac.uk by 30 September 2010. A selection of papers from the conference is expected to be published.
To download a PDF version of the Call for Papers, please click here.

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