Call for Session Topics

March 21-24, 2013, San Francisco
Host School: California College of the Arts
Co-chairs: Ila Berman, California College of the Arts; Ed Mitchell, Yale University


Call for Session Topics

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2012 


Submissions are now closed for the 2012 ACSA International Conference Call for Abstacts. Thank you to all who submitted!


The ACSA invites proposals for paper session topics related to the conference theme as well as to the full range of subject areas within architecture, its related disciplines, and its allied professions. After reviewing the proposed session topics, the co-chairs plan to develop a call for papers organized under six realms—matter, energy/ecology, form/space, technology, territory, and populations/networks—that have been undergoing radical transformation within our current culture. As a critical projection of the new real, these have been reformulated as new constellations and, in the spirit of Reyner Banham, six new ecologies of contemporary architectural practice:

1) Waste(lands) + Material Economies
2) Energy Circuits + Artificial Ecologies
3) Genetic Systems + Non-standard Modes of (Re)Production
4) Exchange Terminals + Interactive Technologies
5) Enclaves / Territories + Expanding Megalopolises
6) Populations / Networks / Datascapes: From Cloud Culture to Informal Communities

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.

Authors of session topic proposals submit a 500-word (maximum) description of the session, suitable for blind review, and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus.


Session Topic Selection Process

Each session topic proposal is blind peer reviewed by a minimum of 2 external reviewers. Co-chairs review the ratings and comments from the external reviewers, the proposals themselves, and the biography statement supplied by the proposal author. The selection process takes into consideration the merits of the session topic proposals—the subject, premise, and scope of the proposed session topics should be clearly stated—the expertise of the session topic authors, as well as the importance of organizing a diverse set of sessions for the Annual Meeting. The conference co-chairs will select from the proposed topics and develop additional topics to create a well-rounded call for papers. Decisions on proposals will be announced in February 2012.

The authors of the session topics selected in the first stage will serve as chairs for their respective paper sessions. Working in collaboration with the conference co-chairs, the session chairs are responsible for maintaining a blind-review process for all papers submitted during the entire review process; enlisting three blind reviewers for each of the papers submitted to their session topic; recommending final papers for presentation; and moderating their respective sessions during the Annual Meeting. It is ACSA’s policy that accepted topic chairs are required to complete advanced registration for the 102nd ACSA Annual Meeting. 


Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: September 12, 2012

The Call for Papers will list the final session topics and will be announced in April 2012. 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. Typically, each session will include three or four presentations, with time for discussion. 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 authors submitting papers must be faculty, students, or staff at ACSA member schools, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of paper submission. Authors whose papers have been accepted for presentation will be required to register for the conference in advance.