CFP: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World (Philadelphia, 20-22 Mar 15)

University of Pennsylvania, March 20 - 22, 2015
Deadline: Nov 15, 2014

Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World
March 20-22, 2015
University of Pennsylvania

Call for Papers

Following on the success of “Masons at Work” (held in spring 2012, and published as, the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction. Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer. Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 15 November 2014. The final program will be announced immediately thereafter. Submit proposals to with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout

CFP: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World (Philadelphia, 20-22 Mar 15). In:, Sep 8, 2014 (accessed Jun 4, 2020), <>.

Contributor: Theodore Van Loan, University of Pennsylvania

Contribution published: Sep 8, 2014

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