Call for Papers & Posters

Call for Presentations 

Vernacular Architecture Forum 2021 Virtual Conference, Friday,  May 21 and Saturday, May 22, 2021

NEW DEADLINE – FEBRUARY 1, 2021   

The 2021 Vernacular Architecture Forum annual on-site meeting scheduled for San Antonio, Texas, May 19-23, has been postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 health emergency. We are reissuing a Call for Papers to be presented remotely at a virtual conference to be held May 21 and May 22, 2021. Papers, posters, and other presentations may address topics relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide and how people use these sites. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome. 

Applicants whose proposals are selected will receive timely instructions regarding how to prepare recordings for the conference. Presentations will be pre-recorded but will not be archived. Presenters should plan to attend live for introductions and questions during the actual days of the conference. Presenters must be VAF members at the time of the conference.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions are welcome.  Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Make sure to indicate if your proposal is being submitted as part of a complete session.  Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, and a one-page c.v.  You may include up to two images with your submission. 

Short Work-In-Progress report option: Applicants may elect to submit a proposal for a ten-minute report that summarizes scholarship in the early stages of the research process. Please follow the same guidelines as for the Papers, but indicate clearly at the top of the proposal "TEN MINUTE WORK IN PROGRESS."

Submissions from 2020 and 2021: If your 2020 paper proposal for San Antonio was accepted and you did not participate in the virtual event after the conference postponement, you must resubmit if you wish to give a paper in 2021.  Also, if you already submitted a new proposal for 2021 before the previous deadline of November 10, you may elect to revise and resubmit for the new deadline.

CALL FOR NON TRADITIONAL PRESENTATIONS

We also encourage proposals for presentations that fall outside the format of the traditional 20-minute paper. Describe your idea in 400 words or less. Please include the title, your name, email address, and one-page c. v. You may include up to two images with your submission.  Please submit to the papers committee.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL PROPOSALS IS FEBRUARY 1, 2021

The proposals should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the papers committee. All proposals received will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your paper within one week of its submission, please contact Papers Committee chair Sally McMurry.

CALL FOR POSTERS

The VAF virtual conference also will host the annual poster session to showcase recently completed research and works-in-progress. Students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit. The poster proposal may address any topic relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide as described in the first paragraph of this document. Proposals should include a title, proposal (no more than 200 words), and a one-page c.v. If you have any questions about the posters session, please contact Posters Committee chair Phil Gruen.

If your 2020 poster proposal for San Antonio was accepted and you did not participate in the virtual event after the conference postponement, you must resubmit if you wish to present a poster in 2021. Also, if you already submitted a new proposal for 2021 before November 10, you may elect to revise and resubmit for the new deadline.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL PROPOSALS IS FEBRUARY 1, 2021

The proposals and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the posters committee. All proposals received will be acknowledged.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your poster within one week of its submission, please contact Posters Committee chair Phil Gruen.

GENERAL INFORMATION: For general information about the San Antonio conference, please visit the VAF website or contact Michelle Weaver Jones, VAF Conference Planner.

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