Knowing the Vernacular: Critical Reflections and Future Directions

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Oct 2024, 09:00 - 18:00

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Aerial View of a Baoule Village
Oxford Brookes University

British Academy Conferences bring together scholars and specialists from around the world to consider and evaluate new research in the humanities and social sciences.

Vernacular architecture refers to locally specific forms of architecture, which are rooted in community, place and tradition, and that have been made without the involvement of architects. The international and interdisciplinary field of vernacular architecture studies aims to document, safeguard, apply or advocate for the knowledge embodied in the vernacular traditions of the world. This conference reflects on the current state of play: to critically question what we think we know about the subject, how we got where we are, and the methods and concepts we use; to identify shortcomings, gaps and biases in our studies, and to identify new areas of research and new ways of engaging with vernacular architecture; and to explore ways to make the knowledge embodied in vernacular traditions more widely available beyond academia.

Conference convenor:

Professor Marcel Vellinga, Oxford Brookes University

Speakers across the two-day conference include:

  • Professor Simon J. Bronner, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr Marwa Dabaieh, Malmö University
  • Edoardo Ferrari, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Charmaine ‘Ilaiu Talei, University of Auckland
  • Professor Tim Ingold FBA, University of Aberdeen
  • Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan Heritage Foundation
  • Elizabeth Lee, CyARK
  • Dr Hossam Mahdy, ICOMOS-CIAV
  • Professor Trevor Marchand, SOAS
  • Professor Daniel Maudlin, University of Plymouth
  • Professor Paul Memmott, University of Queensland
  • Clare Nash, Clare Nash Architects
  • Professor Aylin Orbasli, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Barry O'Reilly, Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Ireland
  • Dr Jorge Tomasi, CONICET, Argentina

Conference ticket prices:

  • Admission: £20 per day (£40 for both days).
  • Concessions: £10 per day (£20 for both days).

A programme for the event will be released soon.

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Image: Aerial view of a Baoule Village

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