Veille – Appel à participation : « Architectural Patronage in an Age of Reform 1760-1840 » (Londres, Lambeth Palace Library, 6-7 septembre 2018 ; date limite 11 mars 2018)

2018 marks the bicentenary of the passing of the Church Building Act, the first nation-wide non-military exercise of architectural patronage by central government in England and Wales. To commemorate and contextualise this event, and place it in a global comparative perspective, there will be an international conference to be held at Lambeth Palace Library on 6-7 September 2018.

Keynote speakers:

  • Shirine Hamadeh (Koç University, Turkey), author of The City’s Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century (University of Washington Press, 2007)
  • Freek Schmidt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), author of Passion and Control. Dutch Architectural Culture of the Eighteenth Century (Ashgate, 2016)
  • Henriette Steiner (University of Copenhagen), author of The Emergence of a Modern City: Golden Age Copenhagen 1800-1850 (Routledge, 2014)
  • Richard Wittman (University of California at Santa Barbara), author of Architecture, Print Culture, and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century France (Routledge, 2007).

20 minute papers are invited on all aspects of architectural patronage in the period 1760-1840 in Great Britain and beyond. Priority may be given to papers addressing issues of State patronage at national or local level and/or papers which look beyond case studies of individual buildings/patrons. We are also keen to attract speakers from a range of disciplines.

Questions to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
• Role of new and/or non-traditional groups as patrons (professional bodies, artisan organisations, gentlemanly societies, women etc)
• Patronage of new building types
• New models of patronage (subscriptions, tontines, new forms of taxation etc)
• The role of patronage in the emergence of general contracting
• The patron/architect relationship
• Communication and decision-making among corporate patrons
• Architectural patronage as discourse and the significance of architectural patronage to those involved
• Patronage networks
• Architectural patronage in colonial contexts and/or beyond the Anglophone world

Abstracts of 300 words plus CV should be sent to by 11 March 2018.

This conference is supported by an AHRC Networking Grant, ‘Architecture and Society in an Age of Reform, 1760-1840’. The University of Liverpool would also like to acknowledge the support of Lambeth Palace Library and the Georgian Group.

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