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Stylistic Dead Ends: Architecture in the interwar years

Registration has now opened for this two-day conference hosted and supported by St. John’s College, Oxford University.

Stylistic Dead Ends? seeks to assess the full range of architectural output during the interwar years and, where possible, its afterlife.

The conference seeks to pick up on a number of ‘stylistic dead-ends’ of the period, e.g. the Tudoresque, neo-Georgian, Gothic Revival, streamline moderne, terms largely excluded by the post-war hegemony of Modernism and its master narrative, architectures that no longer held currency or bore the same meaning after the great crisis of total war.

We also seek to challenge the lapse into style-discourse, and look for formal and theoretical commonalities that transcended stylistic concerns during the period.

Sessions range from The Culture and Institutions of Architecture in the interwar period (featuring papers on the Architectural Press, the BBC, and the architectural establishment), to The Memorial Mode (featuring papers on interwar crematoria, and the influence of memorials on the architecture of Holden), to Historiographical Reflections, and exciting new work on the international influence of British interwar architecture in India, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Speakers include Margaret Richardson, Prof Louise Campbell, Prof Andrew Ballantyne, Prof Hilary Grainger, Geoffrey Tyack and Owen Hatherley as well as a special commission by the artists Forster and Heighes ( Alan Powers and Tim Benton will present keynote addresses. 

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain is kindly sponsoring a number of graduate student places. Please email for further information.

Thanks to our media sponsor, the Architectural Review, and to the History of Art Department at Oxford University.

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Stylistic Dead Ends

Where: St. John’s College, Oxford University.
When: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June 2013

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