In May of 2018 Matthew Teismann of LIONarchitecture will present some recent work at the annual Vernacular Architecture Forum conference - taking place this year in Alexandria, Virginia. Teismann will present new research on his travel research in Bawömataluo, Indonesia. Inspired by Levi-Strauss' suggestion of the house as a social institution, and Esra Akcan's melancholy of the colonized, Teismann's investigation will deepen the limited understanding of post-colonial anthropology through architecture itself. Based on historical and architectural evidence, this paper analyzes how cultural and social estrangement in Indonesia has been influenced by the disappearance of deeply rooted architectural heritage exemplified in the omo sebua of Bawömataluo. What can the sacred, unique, and at times idiosyncratic, tell us about cultural identification of the inhabitants of Bawömataluo? More importantly how can colonization impact the symbolism of a particular building and its memory?
The Vernacular Architecture Forum's 37th Annual Conference is titled, A Shared Heritage: Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac, and will take place May 2-5, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia. The conference will address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. While submissions on all relevant topics were welcome, the conference encourages papers exploring mid-Atlantic American themes exploring agriculture, maritime activities, industrialization, urbanization, suburbanization, as well as themes such ethnic identity, religious expression, and the creation of vacation and recreation landscapes.
The Vernacular Architecture Forum is the premier organization in North America dedicated to the appreciation and study of ordinary buildings and landscapes. Established in 1979, VAF is composed of scholars from many fields, including history, architectural history, geography, anthropology, sociology, landscape history, historic preservation, and material culture studies. It sponsors an annual conference and publications including the journal Buildings & Landscapes.
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