EAR39 - CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Beyond the Visible'


An architecture of weightlessness — or rather its immaterial form — shapes, pushes, expands and moulds the (un)built. At a time when the world has placed great ‘weight’ on the architectural discipline and its supposed environmental and humanitarian responsibility, its ‘weightless’ counterpart seeks actants which operate in the margins (as stories, narratives, protests, scripts, myths, archives, figures), questioning traditional methods of architectural (re)making and introducing new protagonists that push beyond the immediate materiality of the surface. 

EAR39 invites contributions that go beyond the visible, exploring architecture as an open-ended process rather than a tangible outcome. We look for perspectives that transcend the traditional role of the architect as the master builder, embracing a multiplicity of actors and viewpoints, and approaching architecture from below.1 The previous issue, ‘Beyond Human,’ questioned anthropocentric views of the built environment. This upcoming issue, ‘Beyond the Visible,’ builds on that premise, seeking to explore and challenge the borders of our discipline. This is a call to approach the built environment as a repository of hidden memories and stories that, once revealed, will provide a richer understanding of our built heritage, contemporary architecture, and everything in between. 

We welcome and encourage inter/multi/transdisciplinary approaches linked to spatial practice/architecture where these issues are addressed.  

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:  

  • Hidden/underrepresented narratives  
  • Marginalised hierarchies 
  • Histories from the periphery 
  • Invisible protagonists 
  • Architecture from below  
  • Production studies 
  • Contested heritage 
  • Indigenous perspectives 
  • Decolonial approaches 
  • Intangible heritage 
  • Forgotten labour 
  • Archives against the grain 
  • Self-build 

We also welcome wider interpretations of the theme and topics above. 

Abstract Submission Due: 15 May 2024. 


About Edinburgh Architecture Research Journal   

The Edinburgh Architecture Research Journal is a non-profit, peer-reviewed academic journal, published annually by the research students of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, at the University of Edinburgh since 1978. The journal has recently undergone a complete re-brand from print to online, from closed to open issues, from only publishing traditionally formatted papers to incorporating more discursive modes of enquiry and presentation. With this in mind, we are inviting authors to submit abstracts on the theme of 'Beyond the Visible’ for contributions of up to 5000 words, in formats including articles, short essays, field reports (WIP) or book reviews. We are also hoping to make use of the online format and will be accepting abstracts in alternative forms including film, audio, and photo essays. 

Abstract Submission   

For your work to be considered for this issue, please submit an abstract of 300 words along with author name(s), institutional affiliations, and contact details by 15 May 2024. Please send abstracts and papers with the subject “Your Name EAR Call39” to EAR.journal@ed.ac.uk. Make sure to indicate in your proposal how your work responds to the theme of the call and the relevance of your work to the built environment/spatial practice/architecture.   

Format of Papers    

Papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words long including endnotes, headings, and a 300-word abstract, exclusive of references; and up to 2,000 for book reviews. The types of submission can include (but is not limited to) articles, short essays, photo essays and field reports. All papers should be referenced using the Chicago Author-Date referencing style. We encourage the use of images but would request a limit of six. Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining copyright for the use of images. Authors will also be required, upon acceptance, to sign a copyright agreement acknowledging the statement above, whilst retaining all copyright to the article itself. Books reviewed must have been published within the last two years.    

Please visit Submission Guidelines on http://journals.ed.ac.uk/ear/about/submissions for further information on how to format and submit your work.  

Selection Process  

Abstracts will be reviewed by the editorial team. Full papers will undergo a double-blind peer review by one to two members of academic staff from the University of Edinburgh, mostly from within the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. The selection of submissions will be based on how well the work responds to the call, the level of its academic rigour and the clarity of its contribution to architectural studies as elaborated in the submission. 

Key dates: 

  • Submission of Abstracts: 15 May 2024 
  • Notification of Acceptance: 10 June 2024  
  • Full Paper Submission Due: 12 July 2024 
  • Publication of the Issue: 20 December 2024 

The dates are provisional and subject to change. 

Editorial Team   

  • Eirini Makarouni, PhD in Architecture by Design | University of Edinburgh 
  • Lama Said, PhD in Architecture | University of Edinburgh 
  • Ada Souza-McMurtrie, PhD in Architectural History | University of Edinburgh 

Contact Details    

For any queries regarding the above please contact EAR.journal@ed.ac.uk    

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