Whose Modernism? 5th Annual Alvar Aalto Researchers’ Network Seminar




Jyväskylä, Finland
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The 5th annual Alvar Aalto Researchers’ Network Seminar – Whose Modernism? is to be held in Jyväskylä, Finland, June 14-15, 2023. Over the course of 2 days, we will hear presentations on latest research, meet colleagues and network with other international participants.

Tickets will be available in January 2023. 

Call for Papers

This Alvar Aalto Researchers’ Network Seminar asks: Whose Modernism?

Much effort has been devoted to interrogating the origins, development, ambitions and products of modern architecture. This seminar seeks to identify and critically assess not just the factors but the actors involved: the individuals, institutions and other parties engaged in the creation, criticism, inhabitation, appropriation, and conservation of modern architecture.

Who sponsored, created, critiqued and narrated architectural modernism in the twentieth century, and who does now? Who should? To whom does modern architecture matter, and in whose lives does it play a role? Who holds responsibility for the future of modern architecture, and who do modern architectural heritage sites serve? Simply put: Who are the stakeholders, explicitly and implicitly, of modern architecture and its heritage?

The seminar seeks submissions that open up practical, cultural, political, and theoretical perspectives into modern architecture and modern architectural heritage, anchored in the question “Whose modernism?”

Submissions are asked to align themselves with one of three main themes:
1. Intent

2. Authorship

3. Legacy

Participants are asked to submit an abstract of 200 words to the desired sub-theme along with their contact details (name, e-mail address). Abstracts should be written in English, the official language of the event. The abstract as a text file document must be e-mailed according to the schedule by November 23, 2022 to academy@alvaraalto.fi