European Architectural
History Network
Tallinn 2018

Call for Sessions

EAHN 2018 Tallinn Meeting
Call for Sessions and Round-Tables

Submission deadline:
December 12, 2016

European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is organising its fifth pan-European meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 13–16, 2018. In accordance with its mission statement, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transcultural, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world.

The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment, including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, there will be a number of round-table debates addressing burning issues in the field. Proposals are sought for round-table debates that re-map, re-define or outline the current state of the discipline. They will consist of a discussion between panel members, but will also encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum for scholars to present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.

Scholars wishing to chair a scholarly session or round-table debate at Tallinn 2018 are invited to submit proposals by

December 12, 2016


Dr. Andres Kurg
General Chair of the EAHN Fifth International Meeting
Institute of Art History and Visual Culture
Estonian Academy of Arts
Suur-Kloostri 11
Tallinn 10133

Duties of the chairs of session and of round-tables include: selecting from the proposals submitted for presentation by the agreed deadline; communicating the list of speakers and titles to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline; and submitting material for the proceedings to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline. Chairs will not be eligible for selection as speakers in their own or any other session or round table at the conference. It will be the responsibility of each chair to ensure that the intellectual content selected for their session or round-table is of a publishable standard—editorial assistance is available for non-native English speakers. Sessions should be unique to EAHN. Should a similar or identical proposal be found to have been presented or proposed at another conference, the Scientific Committee reserves the right to withdraw that session or presentation from the EAHN programme.

All chairs and selected presenters and speakers are required to obtain membership of EAHN (available for an annual membership fee at prior to registration at the conference. Chairs are expected to pursue their own institutional or other support for membership, registration, travel and accommodation. Unfortunately, EAHN cannot assist with these expenses.

Proposals in English, of no more than 400 words, including a session or round-table title, should summarise the subject and the premise. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone, e-mail address and a current CV. Proposals and short CVs should be submitted by e-mail, including the texts in both the body of the mail and as attachments.

Session and round-table proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced programme. Please note: preference will be given to proposals from chairs who have not hosted a session in the previous biennial conference (Dublin 2016). The International Scientific Committee may organise additional open sessions, depending on the response to this call.



International Scientific Committee:

Howayda Al-Harithy,
American University of Beirut
Ljiljana Blagojević,
University of Belgrade
Mark Crinson,
University of London
Hilde Heynen,
Catholic University Leuven
Stephan Hoppe,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Merlijn Hurx,
Utrecht University
Kathleen James-Chakraborty,
University College Dublin
Andres Kurg,
Estonian Academy of Arts (Chair)
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen,
Yale University
Nuno Senos,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Local Organizing Committee:

Daria Bocharnikova,
St Petersburg State University
Marija Dremaite,
Vilnius University
Liina Jänes,
Estonian Ministry of Culture
Mart Kalm,
Estonian Academy of Arts
Andres Kurg,
Estonian Academy of Arts (Chair)
Epp Lankots,
Estonian Academy of Arts
Kersti Markus,
Tallinn University
Aino Niskanen,
Aalto University
Triin Ojari,
Museum of Estonian Architecture
Kadi Polli,
University of Tartu
Epi Tohvri,
Tallinn Technical University


The National Library of Estonia

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  • National Libary of Estonia
  • National Libary of Estonia

The EAHN 2018 conference will be held in the premises of the Estonian National Library in Tallinn. Designed by architect Raine Karp, as the winning entry for the national architectural competition in 1984, the building was completed in 1992 and includes large underground storage spaces, reading rooms for up to 1000 visitors, galleries and conference halls.

For more information on the National Library:

Virtual tour of the conference centre:


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Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia, with around 400 000 inhabitants. Situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is 80 km (50 miles) south of Helsinki and 300 km (200 miles) west of Saint Petersburg. The oldest surviving structures in Tallinn date from the 13th Century. Between the 14th and 16th centuries the city was a major trading hub of the Hanseatic League. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other notable sites include the 18th century Kadriorg palace and park and the late 19th century neighbourhood of Kalamaja, with its wooden dwellings and recently re-converted industrial sites. Today Tallinn is the major political, financial, cultural and educational centre of Estonia, especially known for its advancements in the information technology sector and as the birthplace of numerous innovative start-ups, including Skype.

More information on Tallinn here:


Official tourist information website with listings for accommodation, heritage and cultural sites and attractions:

Museum of Estonian Architecture:


Conference queries:

Karin Nugis
Research Assistant, Institute of Art History and Visual Culture
Estonian Academy of Arts
Tel: +372 6117 656

Information on sessions and round tables submission and scientific programme:

Andres Kurg
Head of Institute of Art History and Visual Culture
Estonian Academy of Arts