CFP: IASTE 2018 - The Politics of Tradition

“The Politics of Tradition” is the theme of the sixteenth conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) to be held in Coimbra, Portugal from October 4-7, 2018. This conference will offer reflections both on the importance of the concept of tradition for the political question in itself and on the ways in which variants of governance structures face the question of tradition in the built environment. Participants are encouraged to question the practice of tradition in the production of space in relation to different regimes of politics. In addition, the conference will examine the systems of politics as a category of tradition, reflecting on how the construction and deconstruction of professional political bodies act on the built environment around three tracks: 

Track I - Traditions of Everyday Social Practices and the Shaping of Architecture and Urbanism

Track II - Theorizing the Political from the Spaces of Traditional Environments

Track III - The Political in Tradition and Place: An Open Track 


Please refer to our website for detailed instructions on abstract submissions. A one-page abstract of 500 words and a one-page CV are required. For further inquiries, please email the IASTE Coordinator at
Proposals for complete panels of four to five papers are also welcome. Please indicate the track in which the panel fits. Panel submissions must include an overall abstract as well as abstracts and CVs from all proposed speakers. IASTE may accept the panel as a whole or only accept individual abstracts and place them in appropriate tracks.
All papers must be written and presented in English. Following a blind peer-review process, papers may be accepted for presentation at the conference and/or for publication in the IASTE Working Paper Series.
Contributors whose abstracts are accepted must pre-register for the conference, pay the registration fee of $425 (which includes a special discounted IASTE membership), and prepare a full-length paper of 20-25 double-spaced pages. Registered students may qualify for a reduced registration fee of $225 (which includes a special discounted IASTE membership). All participants must be IASTE members. Please note that expenses associated with hotel accommodations, travel, and additional excursions are not covered by the registration fee and must be paid directly to the hotel or designated travel agent. The registration fee covers the conference program, conference abstracts, and access to all conference activities, theme sessions, keynote plenary talks, receptions, the conference dinner, and a walking and bus tour of the city.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: November 6, 2017
Letter of Acceptance for Abstracts/Conference Poster: January 8, 2018
Deadline for Presenters Conference Registration:
May 14, 2018
Deadline for Revised Paper Submission for
Working Paper Series: June 1, 2018
Notification of Acceptance in Working Paper Series:
June 15, 2018
Conference Program: October 4–7, 2018
Option 1 / Coimbra region: October 8, 2018
Option 2 / Porto: October 9, 2018


Inquiries should be directed to IASTE 2018 Conference, Center for Environmental Design Research, 390 Wurster Hall #1839, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1839, USA. Phone: 510.642.6801, fax: 510.643.5571, e-mail:

Lucie K. Morisset