PhD Scholarship – Drones in heritage


CFP: Arrivals and Departures: edges, borders, transitions, transitory spaces

The LCC Space and Place research hub invites proposals for our forthcoming symposium taking place on the 18th May. The theme of the symposium is Arrivals and Departures.

We are interested in inhabiting and moving through spaces and places. We demarcate arrivals and departures as time-based experiences of those notions at domestic, urban and geopolitical scales. We want to explore the politics and poetics of a range of arrivals and departures; from navigating cityscapes, to migration and border crossings.

Mark Auge famously described the transitory spaces of arrivals and departures as ‘non-places’ (1995), however many understandings of place critique his theory by considering place in a more relational and less static sense. In this call for papers we ask how can design intervene in these debates around transitory spaces through research into our designed environments and interventions in practice.

Discussions about arrivals and departures are also open to considerations of disciplinary boundaries and movements. As a hub, we are interested in how design as a field of practice and research can interrogate the world we live in. How can we think through disciplinary travels within and outside of design? What are the points of departure and where has design arrived as a field of research?

We also invite proposals relating to design pedagogies, particularly around understandings of design education as a journey or transition. How do our students arrive at design and what is our role as educators in this journey?

We invite presentation proposals from a variety of scholars and practitioners. This symposium is intended as the starting point for a broader conversation that will lead to a publication. Those submitting proposals are encouraged to consider how the presentation could be developed for it. With a broad focus on design research, proposals may address, but are not limited to:

  •      Practices of investigating spaces through movement
  •      Migratory places and border spaces
  •      Navigatory and transitory systems in urban space
  •      Cityscapes in transition
  •      Arrivals and departures within intimate or domestic architectures
  •      Non-places
  •      In between public and private space
  •      Disciplinary border crossings within and beyond design
  •      Design education as a transitory space
  •      Design practice in spaces of transition


Please submit 300 word abstract with a short biography to Lucy Thornett ( and Dr. Nela Milic ( by 29th of March 2018.

The event will be accompanied by the book launch of Claire Reddleman’s book Cartographic Abstraction in Contemporary Art: Seeing with Maps published by Routledge.

Cartographic Abstraction in contemporary art – new book by Claire Reddleman

In this book, Claire Reddleman introduces her theoretical innovation “cartographic abstraction” – a material modality of thought and experience that is produced through cartographic techniques of depiction. Reddleman closely engages with selected artworks (by contemporary artists such as Joyce Kozloff, Layla Curtis, and Bill Fontana) and theories in each chapter. Reconfiguring the Foucauldian underpinning of critical cartography towards a materialist theory of abstraction, cartographic viewpoints are theorised as concrete abstractions. This research is positioned at the intersection of art theory, critical cartography and materialist philosophy.


Reminder: Housing Struggles Archive Open Meeting

This Saturday 25th November, 2-4pm

MDR has decided to try and document both the unprecedented scale of the attacks on social and affordable (and adequate!) housing in London over the last years on social housing and the amazing resistance people have been showing. We think it’s fundamental to preserve the history of those campaigns, which in the future will inform and inspire more resistance.

We would like to build this archive together with the people involved in the campaigns and so we are organising an open meeting to bring together activists and other interested people so that all have a say in the formation of the archive.

If you…
want to help build the housing struggles archive,
hold any materials from a housing campaign,
are interested in learning how to catalogue and digitise your material
then come along to our open meeting on Saturday 25th November, 2-4pm.

We are also planning to organise a series of digitisation and cataloguing training workshops for activists who are interested in learning ways to document and archive their struggles themselves. If you can’t come to the open meeting but all these sound interesting to you then email

Interlude 2017

We at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology are happy to announce Interlude 2017, a four week open studio for Postgraduate and final year Undergraduate students. Please find the posters attached.

About Interlude

‘INTERLUDE’ or the in-between is an experimental space at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, for pause, or self-reflection. It is a platform for critiquing and busting memes of today or of the times to come. The vision is to create a space that lies in the intersection between academic learning and a ‘design-free’ zone, where postgraduate students from Srishti and other institutions come together and critically engage in the act of ‘meme-busting’.

In its second edition this year, we have three Open Studios, each exploring a particular theme. The students have a choice to enroll in any one of the studio and choose a particular provocation that the studio offers. The students then, over a period of four weeks work in interdisciplinary teams to actively construct their response to the chosen provocation.

The construction will be shaped by a mentoring space where experts/artists/activists/scholars from diverse fields will share their insights, experiences and positions in varied forms, such as talks, walks, discussions, open debates, workshops, hackathons, and other formats of their choice. The student teams are encouraged to engage in these wide-ranging activities to conceive their response-building process and take informed positions of their own.

The three studios are,

Open Studio 01: Culture of Resilience: Resilience of Culture
South Asia offers a vast diversity of cultural landscapes that have evolved innumerable responses to the ways in which societies can inhabit places that challenge human ingenuity. All kinds of answers have been found to sustain life in the face of the vagaries of nature, migration and urbanisation. In turn, these conditions have encouraged the development of a bewildering diversity of ways of life, language and cultural forms. In this place-based studio on ‘Culture of Resilience’ you will engage with interdisciplinary ideas and concepts of resilience and examine them through the socio-cultural landscape of Bidar, a fort city in Northern Karnataka.

Open Studio 02: Contesting Heritage
India is a land of great variety of heritage sites and many socio-cultural in uences have worked over several centuries to form these wide-ranging cultural landscapes. While some practices of conservation predates the colonial era, others have been initiated only during the last few decades. One of the reasons for this delay could be that most of these practices are borrowed or adapted from elsewhere. But perhaps a more benign explanation is that heritage in India was sustained by local indigenous practices and outside management was not necessary.

What led to these new practices? How was heritage interpreted before it was subjected to conservation, alteration or demolition? Who decides, what is best for heritage?

Heritage in India today faces a more complex situation than ever before. Education and practice are in a ux because the context, for heritage interpretation and intervention, is constantly under transformation. The socio-political and economic changes in India have impacted the state of heritage management. Indian heritage has at times been a subject of collective decision and at others driven by individual choices.

We envision that this studio ‘Contesting Heritage’ will be an open platform for critical reflections on the tangible, the intangible and the natural heritage of India. This approach would help expand or redefine creative practices in the fields of heritage and urban design. This studio is also a part of the collaborative between the UNESCO Chair at Srishti and ICOMOS India.

Open Studio 03: Sustain by Design
The 2015 UN General Assembly adopted a set of 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a continuation of the global sustainability agenda previously enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals. Spanning the next 15 years, up to 2030, these goals aim to guide disruptive development agenda, including growing global urbanisation, while respecting human and environmental factors like social justice, economic equity, environmental security which would provide a holistic approach for a sustainable future.

Though the SDGs have been framed after a long process of participation by various stakeholder groups, including Governments, responsibility to realize the Goals are with countries that are member states to the UN. For India, it is imperative to contextualize the SDGs to build a dialogue with national/regional/local goals, aspirations and strategies in order to effectively achieve the set targets. This studio will focus on the role of art and design in critically evaluating the SDGs, innovating with implementation strategies and reimagining them for the Indian context.

Modes of Participation

Participate completely offline: You will work on the provocation you have chosen in your own time and place, mentored by a faculty member from your institute. You will submit your response for curation and presentation at the conference, according to the date set by the respective open studio. You will participate in the culminating conference and present your work.

Participate in some mentoring sessions: You can attend some of the mentoring sessions organized by the studio of your choice, if it suits your calendar. You will have to bear all the expenses for travel and stay on your own. The other activities remain the same as mode 1.

Key Dates

• Call for Participation: 31 October, 2017
• Registration of Teams: 14 November, 2017
• Open Studios: 20 November – 13 December, 2017
• Culminating Conference: 14, 15, 16 December, 2017

Useful Links
Registration Form (No Registration cost) :
For detailed information about the studios, provocative propositions and schedule visit:

For any further inquiries about Interlude 2017, please write to:,

Please share this call for participation widely within your networks, postgraduate or final year undergraduate students and faculty members. Last date for registration is 14th November 2017.

Emerging Identities in the Future of Places: Neo-cultures, Place Multi-mediation and Intersubjectivities

Call for Chapter Proposals

Emerging Identities in the Future of Places:
Neo-cultures, Place Multi-mediation and Intersubjectivities

Abstract submission deadline: 1 Nov 2017

How is the development of future places in cities shaping new place-based identities, defined by the intertwined and entangled nature of socio-cultural, technical and spatial practices of people? Comprehending the resultant complexities of place-related identity demands the need to identify new directions that evolve progressively by embracing a renewed understanding of identity. The proposed book aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach towards unravelling emerging place- related identities that are caught in a labyrinth created by contemporary urban spatialities. By keeping place as the main frame of enquiry, we seek to comprehend the ephemeral nature of ongoing spatial negotiations within the ecology of urban and media practices. We are interested in examining the intertwined and interrelated concepts of culture, place and identity amidst the technology pervaded urban living that is enabling new forms of place-related identities to emerge. The chapters should reflect on the three themes of ‘Placing Media’, ‘Spatial Representation’, and ‘Identity interrogation’.

In ‘Placing Media’ we seek to explore how numerous forms of media practices and technologies (mobile phones, smart screens, screen projections, etc) adapted and used in the context of our everyday life has brought with them debates and discussions over their socio-spatial and cultural implications in our urban context. Placing Media, investigates these implications of media for rethinking the relationship among users, spaces, information, as well as interfaces and the impact which these reconfigurations have upon culture, place experience and identity. Discourses and debates over socio-cultural and epistemological implications of media practices have begun to attract attention, since it provides new platforms for communication, engagement and making sense of urban environments.

With media entering the scene at the very moment of perceiving and experiencing places, memories, become de-situated, belonging to shared domains of representation in which individual experiences diffuse, overlap and merge into acts of collective experience of different cultures . In ‘Spatial representation’ we aim to explore the role and nature of contemporary spatial representation in the fluctuating intersubjective terrain nascent with the pervasiveness of media. New forms of representations through citizens lens have emerged from open-ended city-building video games such as SimCity, Cities:Skylines and as well as practitioner-based representations of proposed changes to places – using City Information Modelling (CIM) and other virtual tools for promoting new development / regeneration. The chapters will investigate the how these new spatial representations offer different matrices for neo-cultural identity performances and manifestations.

In ‘Identity Interrogation’, we aim to explore how new forms of contemporary spatiality interact with neo-cultures to open up new trajectories for understanding emerging (personal and group) identities in cities. For instance, given the accelerating pace of life, and more frequent changes of citizen locations, personal and social relations defined and experienced more through virtual co-implacements, higher levels of home-working and individual startups – are technology and media platforms steering a paradigm shift in our relational existence and experience in places? The multi-dimensional and multi-layered nature of place-based community relationships in contemporary urban contexts also makes identity negotiating / reconstituting into a restless activity often marked by discordant and/or agreeable spatial complexities. By embracing the notions of complex people-place relationships in cities evolving as a result of developing mediating technologies, the chapters strives to examines how these technologies challenge the ways in which planning, designing and place-related identities can be understood, perceived, engaged and constructed in the contemporary urban contexts and the potential future of places.


The book will be of interest to academic (researcher, teacher, students) audiences seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the identity and city in the context of emerging sociotechnical geographies. The main fields include: sociology, media studies, history, psychology, cultural studies, human geography, urban design and planning, architecture, and anthropology. It will also be useful to a number of professionals involved in planning, designing and transforming cities, including: design practitioners, policy makers, urban planners and designers, and architects. The book will be particularly relevant for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who are engaging in socio-technical analysis of urban practices in cities.

If you are interested in contributing to the book, please send us an abstract of 300-500 words outlining the proposed paper and containing your main argument(s), your main conceptual and theoretical approaches results (if applicable)and key references, the research themes the proposal fits in. Please also include authors name, current affiliation, and e-mail address

Please, submit proposals as in Word or pdf format document to and


1 Nov 2017
An abstract of up to 300 words is to be submitted to the editors by email.

15 Jan 2018
Editors will select chapters on the basis of the following criteria: relevance to the theme and goal of the book, originality of the contribution, theoretical rigour and wealth of the empirical material. All authors of submitted abstracts will be informed about the editorial decision via email.

31 May 2018
First draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email. Chapters need to be 6000-8000 words in length and written in English. Authors of chapters are responsible for the language and style editing. The guidelines for the editing style, references and bibliography will be sent to authors of selected chapters with the editorial decision.

1 Aug 2018
Feedback and comments of the 1st review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.

30 Sep 2018
Second draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email.

15 Nov 2018
Feedback and comments of the 2nd review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.

24 Dec 2018
Final editing of chapters and book submission.

Jun/July 2019
Book publication.


Please, contact Lakshmi Priya Rajendran ( and/or NezHapi Dellé Odeleye ( if you have any inquiries about the book project.