Conference-12th Annual Research Students Symposium


The Architectural Humanities Research Association’s 12th Annual Research Students Symposium will be held at the School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University. 

Invited keynote speakers are Dr Jonathan Hale (Associate Professor and Reader in Architectural Theory at the University of Nottingham) and Professor Malcolm Miles (Professor of Cultural Theory at Plymouth University).

The symposium theme focuses on the different approaches in theory and practice to architectural research and related disciplines. Architecture as a field looks at other disciplines such as sociology, art, urbanism, and anthropology to frame questions, critique situations and seek answers from synergies created between cultural identity, the everyday, peripheral, spatial and urban contexts. Architecture as a subject depends on and feeds from other approaches across multidisciplinary fields.

The symposium will particularly focus on contributions that deal with Critical Cultures, Identity and Alternative Forms of Practice; Peripheral and Spatial Theories and Practice; and Urban Theories and Methodologies and the Rights to Cities. Our intention is to organise these themes as separate tracks within the main symposium.

The symposium is organised by Dr Sana Murrani (Lecturer in Architecture at Plymouth University and the Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator in the School of Architecture, Design and Environment) with the help of two PhD students, Danielle Abulhawa (School of Humanities and Performing Arts) and Justin Chung (School of Architecture, Design and Environment).

The symposium has attracted research students from across the world. Submissions of all papers have been refereed by an external panel of experts in the field from the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Steering Committee: Dr Sarah Lappin (Queens Belfast), Dr Juliet Odgers (Cardiff), Dr Stephen Walker (Sheffield), Professor Teresa Stoppani (Leeds Beckett), Dr Jonathan Hale (Nottingham), Dr Davide Deriu (Westminster), and Professor Bob Brown (Plymouth). An internal reviewing process was led by Dr Sana Murrani and Dr Nikolina Bobic, Dr Karan August and Alona Martinez-Perez (from Architecture) and Danielle Abulhawa (from Humanities and Performing Arts).

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