[Abstract Submission Deadline Extended] 2022 Department of Architecture Graduate Student Symposium — Call for Papers

[Abstract Submission Deadline Extended] 2022 Department of Architecture Graduate Student Symposium — Call for Papers
Student Committee:
Moyun Zhou, Wenxin Zeng, Xiaoxu Yan and Xiaoqing Liu
Faculty Advisor:
Eunice Seng and Cole Roskam

Buildings and Borders in Asia, 17th to 20th centuries

Borders, like architecture, are physical and conceptual constructs that encompass a range of political, social, cultural, religious, economic and environmental implications across time. This year’s HKU research postgraduate student symposium is organized around the oscillations between material form and immaterial abstraction that borders and architecture often comprise. Seemingly fixed and stable for certain periods, fluid and immaterial at others, borders have long shaped politics, society, economies, religions, environments and cultures in Asia. Buildings have been active if underexamined participants in these processes.

We invite papers that aim to expand our historical understanding of architecture’s relationship to the conceptualization and construction of borders between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries in Asia. We particularly encourage submissions that present topics and disciplinary perspectives ranging from architectural history and theory to urban history, development, and conservation to landscape studies. Potential topics may engage in questions related to nation and identity, empire and imperialism, immigrants and mobility, class and hierarchy, gender, climate, as well as translation and localism. Distinctly architectural inquiries related to type, materiality, aesthetics, structure, and design methods that may have informed broader territorial, cultural, religious, and geopolitical conditions are also welcome.

Important Dates

31 JAN 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline

Early FEB 2022

Acceptance Notification

8-9 APR 2022

Symposium via Zoom


Applicants are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract and one page CV by the deadline to the following email address: Successful applicants are encouraged to submit an up to 1500 words paper which will only be circulated in your assigned panel for discussion. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wenxin Zeng, We look forward to your abstracts!