Call For Papers Presentation

Theme: Teaching History in Art and Architectural schools in Pakistan

Call For Papers Presentations

Distorted history produces distorted minds. Little effort has been made to correct the misrepresentation of history for it served the ruling elite in Pakistan that has continued with many of the colonial era policies in education. During the British Period, the colonial state introduced the new content and methodology in schools and colleges to serve their political purposes. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, the teaching of history continued to suffer while being periodically modified to suit the particular ideological bent of the people in power.

History as taught in our educational institutions takes its cue from the scholarship and methodology of these Western interpretations of our history. In postcolonial Pakistan the educationists continue to work with the same ethos inclusive of the colonial pedagogies and content taught in art and architecture schools across the country, leading to increasing cultural disharmony and disparity, distortion of history. As a consequence, there is a dire need to initiate a process of reintegration of the arts in the teaching of history through a decolonised pedagogy and alternative content, grounded in native sensibilities. This would serve the primary purpose of studying history, to develop an understanding of ourselves as individuals and, more importantly, as a society. It would also help to locate ourselves in the wider context of human development and be capable of an objective evaluation of our achievements and our predicaments. Art and architectural history is not only important for a comprehensible past but also for contemporary needs of the field, be it theory, criticism, design or conservation.

Keeping in mind the present challenges of teaching history in Pakistan, Institute for Art and Culture is holding a seminar on the pedagogy of Art and Architectural History with the hope of generating a debate on the epistemology of and methodologies involved in teaching history across the Schools of Art and Architecture in Pakistan. The objectives of this seminar are finding diverse ways of teaching and communicating history. This seminar invites scholars who are attempting to make art and architectural history relevant; academics and practitioners who are in the process of filling the gap between reading, writing, and dissemination of history.

Abstracts are invited relative to the following sub-themes:

1. HISTORICAL PRECEDENT

     Historical precedent in the teaching of history

2. CONSERVATION OF URBAN AREA

    Historic Urban Centres: Evolution and Conservation

3. REGION, CITY, SITE, BUILDING

    History: Architecture, urbanism and regional studies

4. PATRONAGE AND ITS RELATION WITH HISTORY

5. TEACHING HISTORY IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS: OBJECTIVES / METHODS

6. TECHNOLOGY IN ART and ARCHITECTURE

    The technological context in history

    Technological development and globalization

7.  ART and ARCHITECTURE OF NATIONALISM

8. RECORDING, WRITING AND DISSEMINATION OF HISTORY

9. SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY

    History as the expression of local and official culture

10. HISTORY AND STUDIO

   History and studio pedagogies

   History and design research

11. HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF PAKISTAN

12. HISTORY TEACHING TOOLS

Email us a 300 -word abstract of your proposed paper to iachistorycollective@iac.edu.pk by 15th Aug 2019. A confirmation email will be sent to you when we receive your abstract. If you do not get the confirmation email within a week of sending your abstract, please assume that we have not received your abstract and send us the abstract again. The Paper Selection Committee will inform the selected paper readers shortly after the deadline of abstracts. The full paper and its presentation will be due by 25th Nov 2019.

Further, it is requested to please circulate this ‘Call for Paper Presentations’ among your friends, colleagues, students and those who you think might be interested. Your co-operation and support will contribute to the success of the conference.

Looking forward to your active participation.

IAC History Collective

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