Call for abstracts: IASTE 2018: The Politics of Tradition (November 6, 2017 deadline)

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IASTE 2018: The Politics of Tradition

October 4 – 7,  2018, Coimbra, Portugal

“The Politics of Tradition” is the theme of the sixteenth conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) to be held in Coimbra, Portugal from October 4-7, 2018. This conference will offer reflections both on the importance of the concept of tradition for the political question in itself and on the ways in which variants of governance structures face the question of tradition in the built environment.

Participants are encouraged to question the practice of tradition in the production of space in relation to different regimes of politics. In addition, the conference will examine the systems of politics as a category of tradition, reflecting on how the construction and deconstruction of professional political bodies act on the built environment around three tracks:

  • Traditions of Everyday Social Practices and the Shaping of Architecture and Urbanism
  • Theorizing the Political from the Spaces of Traditional Environments
  • The Political in Tradition and Place: An Open Track

Scholars from relevant disciplines are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and short biography by November 6, 2017. Submission details are available online at:

IASTE is an academic, non-profit association based at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1988, its activities have included the publication of a semi-annual journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and an ongoing Working Paper Series. Our biennial conferences have been held at locations as varied as Oxford, Tunis, and Bangkok on themes concerned with sustainability, development and the built environment, and issues of culture and identity. Each conference has included over 100 speakers from nearly 40 countries and a wide range of academic disciplines, and has been attended by nearly 400 participants. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 510.642.6801 or e-mail at

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