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call for session topics

annual meeting 2009 - Portland, OR


Host School: University of Oregon Co-chairs: Mark Gillem, U. of Oregon and Phoebe Crisman, U. of Virginia Deadline: December 18, 2007 The ACSA board recognizes the need to ensure that the Annual Meeting serves as a forum for a broad range of research, scholarship, and creative activity. Members will have the opportunity to both propose session topics that frame their research interests within broader disciplinary and professional questions and to submit papers to such topics. STAGE ONE - CALL FOR SESSION TOPICS Submission and Review Process Faculty and graduate students at ACSA member schools, representatives of affiliated schools and societies, and other scholars, researchers, and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for Session Topics. Proposals are requested from the full range of subject areas within architecture, its related disciplines, and its allied professions. Session Topic proposals may, for example, address questions relating to history, theory, criticism, design, digital media, technology, pedagogy, construction, materials, practice, society, and culture. Session Topic proposals may also cut across traditional categories or address emerging issues, such as alternative models for professional practice, sustainability, diversity, and interdisciplinary. Session Topic proposals may be broad in reach or sharply focused. In either case, each proposal should clearly identify its subject and its particular approach to it: the premise, scope, and ambitions underlying the session should be clear to the reader.


Session Topics are selected through a blind peer review process. The selection process takes into consideration both the merits of the Session Topic proposals – the subject, premise, and scope of the proposed Session Topics should be clearly stated – as well as the importance of organizing a diverse set of sessions for the Annual Meeting. The authors of the Session Topics selected in the first stage will serve as Session Topic Chairs for their particular sessions. Their responsibilities include the following: maintain a blind-review process for all parties during the entire review process; enlist and assign three reviewers to each of the papers submitted to their Session Topic; select the papers for presentation; and moderate the sessions during the Annual Meeting.

Submission Requirements All Session Topic Chairs must be faculty, students, or staff at ACSA member schools or become Supporting ACSA members by September 1 of the academic year during which the Annual Meeting will occur. Prospective Session Topic Chairs are not required to be members of ACSA when submitting their Session Topic proposal. Please visit the ACSA website,, to obtain detailed instructions and template for submitting your topic. The deadline to submit a Session Topic is December 18, 2007. STAGE TWO - CALL FOR PAPERS The Call for papers will list the final Session Topics and will be announced in the March 2008 ACSA News as well as on the ACSA website. All authors submitting papers must be faculty, students, or staff at ACSA member schools or become Supporting ACSA members at the time of paper submission. All papers will be submitted through an online interface and must meet the general criteria identified in the call for papers and in the submission guidelines. Each author will be limited to one submission per Session Topic. All papers will undergo a blind peer review process. Session Topic Chairs will take into consideration each paper’s relevance to the topic and the evaluation furnished by the three peer reviewers. The deadline for submitting a paper to a Session Topic is September 2008 (final date to be determined). Each session will be composed of at least three paper presentations. Authors whose papers have been accepted for presentation will be required to register for the conference before the proceedings go to press. For additional information contact: Conferences Manager / ACSA

ACSA News September 2007  
ACSA News September 2007  

ACSA News, published monthly during the academic year (September through May), serves the essential function of exchanging timely informatio...