Call for papers

We are now accepting abstract submissions. You should submit your abstract by visiting our EasyChair account.
(Please note that you will be required to set up an account first. One submission per registration.)

Submit your abstract by 03 February 2020    17 February 2020

Expressions of interest should take the form of an abstract of 300 words, accompanied by an image if appropriate, to be submitted via the conference website, by 3 February 2020.  17 February 2020

A selection of the papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Architecture & Culture and an edited volume in the Routledge Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities series.

Sessions proposals of four papers will be considered by the committe. Please email us for further information.


Themes to be explored might include, but need not be restricted to, the following:

  • Philosophical and theoretical positions on the intersection between housing, urbanism and subjectivity
  • Historical and typological investigations of the persistence and transformation of the architecture of housing over time, and in different cultural and ecological contexts
  • The legacies and futures of mass housing
  • Architectural and urban design research or projects investigating the urban domestic across different scales
  • The politics of housing, the family and urban collectivities
  • The economies and ecologies of collective dwelling
  • The social practices of urban housing
  • Representations interrogating the categories of urban and domestic, individual and collective
  • Migration, dwelling and the city

Open interest

We seek contributions that explore the interactions between the urban, the home and the self in both material and conceptual terms, in different contexts, and from the rise of the metropolis to the present, but always in order to reflect on the present urban condition. We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines such as architecture, urbanism, sociology, philosophy, geography, anthropology, as well as written and visual contributions from the arts, such as photography or film. We are keen to discuss projects and theories at a range of scales, from the home to the metropolitan region, from the individual to the collective; we are interested in design projects or design research by architectural practices that showcase the specifically architectural contribution to the question of the urban understood in relation to domesticity.

We will also consider proposals for entire conference sessions – please contact the conference organisers if you are interested in formulating a session.

AHRA International Conference 2020

Faculty of Engineering
Department of Architecture & Built Environment
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2TU