Call for Papers

Panopticism: Architectural Space and Ideological Manipulation

A Panel Discussion at the Sixth International Literature and Humanities Conference,

Inscriptions in the Sand: an arts and culture conference and festival

at Eastern Mediterranean University

in Famagusta, on the island of Cyprus

May 30-June 1, 2003



Submissions are invited for a Panel Discussion exploring the ways in which architectural space is interpreted or used to shape, manipulate and reinforce behavior patterns or mindsets, including movement, social organization, interpersonal relationships, and relations to technology or authority.

Some possible topic areas (others are welcome):


—prisons, asylums, hospitals, and universities

—Bentham’s Panopticon and Foucault’s disciplinary spaces

—urban design and dehumanization

—the architecture of fascism

—decentering and decentralization: the possibility of a democratic architecture

—Fourier’s arcades, Benjamin’s Arcades, and the modern shopping mall

—reconstructing architecture at archeological sites

—adobe huts and igloos: structures and modes of adaptation and ritual

—spaces of worship: churches, cathedrals, mosques, temples

—Philippe Ariès and the architectural semiotics of death

—monuments, memorials, tombstones; cemeteries, mortuaries and funeral homes

—architecture in film from Caligari and Metropolis to Belly of an Architect and Fight Club

—classroom, office, and interrogation spaces

—ducks and decorated sheds: idioms of postmodern architecture

—deconstructing architecture: Derrida and Peter Eisenman

—cityscape and landscape ideologies

—architectural restoration: recovering/fictionalizing history

—architectural forms in art: medieval illumination, Monet, Atget, Constructivism, Stella, etc.

—art in architecture: from friezes and altarpieces to postmodern pastiche

—architecture as art: the aesthetics  of functionality

—wrapping up architecture: the politics of Christo

—mobility and architecture

—eroticism and architectural space

—ecological architecture: bio-environments, space-stations, and alienation

—museum, gallery, and exhibition spaces: Frank Gehry’s organic architecture

—living spaces from Bauhaus to Koolhaas

            —theoretical architecture: the Chicago school



Prospective panelists are invited to send 250-word abstracts/proposals for 15-20 minute presentations on any aspect of these areas to [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] by 30 October, 2002. We look forward to learning about your research, and to a provocative discussion.


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