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Fifteenth biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE)
December 17-20, 2016
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Call for abstracts due: February 15, 2016
“Legitimating Tradition” is the theme of the fifteenth conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) to be held in Kuwait City, Kuwait from December 17-20, 2016. This conference seeks to ask: What role does tradition play in legitimating practices that produce place-based or placeless built environments? In the particular context of tradition, legitimacy can have several meanings, including authenticity, legality, and the possession of value or worth. These aspects of legitimacy are not inherent within traditions themselves, but are bestowed by agents for particular reasons. Papers will explore the following themes: Building Legitimacy Through Tradition; Legitimizing Tradition; Tradition and the Ethics of Practice.
Scholars from relevant disciplines are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and short biography by February 15, 2016. Submission details are available online at: http://iaste.berkeley.edu/conferences/2016-conference.
Inquiries should be directed to IASTE 2016 Conference, Center for Environmental Design Research, 390 Wurster Hall #1839, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1839, USA.
Phone: 510.642.6801, fax: 510.643.5571, e-mail: email@example.com.
In case you are not familiar with our organization, IASTE is an academic, non-profit association based at the University of California, Berkeley since 1988, and its activities have included the publication of a semi-annual journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and an ongoing Working Paper Series. Our biennial conference have taken place in Beirut, Tunis, Paris, Cairo and Hong Kong on themes concerned with sustainability, development and the built environment, and issues of culture and identity.