Saturday, June 02, 2007

Call for Papers
Analogous Spaces: Architecture and the space of information, intellect and action.

The International Conference on Analogous Spaces interrogates the analogy between spaces in which knowledge is preserved, organized, transferred or activated. Although these spaces may differ in material, virtual, or operational ways, there are resemblances if one examines their 'structure,' 'form' and 'architecture'. How do these spaces co-exist and interrelate? The conference seeks papers on the following types of spaces:

* architecture and elements of the built environment (museums, libraries and archives, warehouses, ministries, administrative towns, world capitals, physical infrastructure, functionalist urbanism, etc.);
* information storage and data processing (databases, information retrieval, data mining, conceptual maps, scholarly communication, search engines, etc.);
* the architecture of "the book" (contents and layout of atlases, scientific and scholarly treatises, encyclopedias, guides, manuals, children's books etc.);
* organizational schemes and diagrams (organigrams, functional diagrams, visual language, interfaces, artificial intelligence, taxonomies, classification systems, itineraries, etc.).

Conference papers should examine analogical relationships between these types of spaces by investigating how they produce, accumulate, order, conserve, distribute, classify, and use knowledge.

* 31 July 2007 Deadline submission of abstracts
* 31 October 2007 Selection of papers
* 31 March 2008 Submission of final papers and other contributions
* 15-17 May 2008 Conference Analogous Spaces
Practical Information
* Conference language: English
* Conference venue: Ghent (Belgium)
* Publication: A selection of conference papers will be published

Background information and the full CFP can be found here