Posted by: Qodarian Pramukanto | 14th Apr, 2018

First International Conference on Cultural Communication and Space (ICCCS) and the 9th International Conference on Vernacular Settlements (ISVS)

Reframing the Vernacular: Politics, Semiotics, and Representation

Vernacular has an immense range of meanings and contexts. Possibly its widest use is in the area of vernacular architecture, a subject already explored in great depth. The purpose of this conference is to investigate three lesser developed themes. The first is the political context of vernacular subjects (such as architecture). The second addresses meaning in the vernacular, the third deals with how the vernacular is presented and represented. We seek to address such complexity by focusing on the interstices between subjects rather than on individual subjects such as architecture, culture, language art or design.

The word vernacular also conveys a state of being native, original, and contextual to geography and place. In many locations it embraces entire environments, their art, culture and the very existence of indigenous societies. Hence ”vernacularity” is also part of the global equation. It has been a source of political and social conflict and dispute for decades over issues such as the survival of indigenous communities in places like Australia and its original people. The commodification of people and place and the impact of global tourism have profound effects on vernacular life, its customs, traditions, aspirations and sensibilities. Similarly, we can observe the erosion of traditions, the designation of traditional villages AS tourist destinations, the establishment of World Heritage Sites, and overall the redeployment of urban meaning to focus on the global over the local.

Therefore the prime goal of this conference to reflect this context, and to invite participants from a wide variety of disciplines to participate in an international dialogue on ”vernacularity” and culture. The conference therefore seeks to concentrate on two major domains. First it attempts to reframe our understanding of vernacularity by addressing the subject in the context of globalisation, cross-disciplinarity, and development.

Second, it discusses the phenomenon of how vernacularity has been treated, used, employed, manipulated, practiced, maintained, learned, reconstructed, preserved and conserved, at the level of individual and community experience. We therefore invite scholars from a wide variety of knowledge fields to participate in enriching and engaging discussions, as to how both agendas can be addressed.

This international gathering has been initiated collaboratively by the Centre for Cultural Communication & Space (CCCS) and the Research Centre for Smart City of Udayana University, Tropical Engineering-Architecture Program of Udayana University, Masters Program in Architecture of Udayana University, the University of South Australia and its Vernacular Research Knowledge Group (VRKG), the Indonesian University, and the 9th ISVS (the International Society for Vernacular Settlement) Committee. This event is also following the successful conduct of the 8th ISVS International Conference by the Department of Architecture of Hasanudin University in Makassar (Sulawesi) in 2016.

To expedite these aims, this international conference will be organised round the following major sub-themes; the vernacular as it relates (but not limited) to:

Transformation in the vernacular built environment
Vernacular architecture and representation
The meaning of home
Symbolic intervention and interpretation of vernacularity
The semiotics of place
The politics of ethnicity and settlement
Global tourism and its impacts on vernacular settlement
Vernacular built form and aesthetics
Technology and construction in vernacular built forms
Conference activities include:

Keynote speakers presentations
Oral & poster presentations
Conference dinner (details to be announced)
Trip to traditional Bali Aga settlements (details to be announced)

PowerPoint Presentation


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