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VAC1: Topics in Architectural History


This working group explores key themes in the study of global architecture.

Active since: 2015

Closed Group of Collaborators

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

Over the years, we met our goal by giving podium to doctoral students and scholars who work on underrepresented topics; by acknowledging the work of scholars and artists at risk whose careers had been taken away from them by dictatorial regimes; and by disseminating public history on current events such as the reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque—a digital event which attracted more than 4000 participants.

Group Organizers

Eliana Abu-Hamdi

Associate Dean for Research, Syracuse University

Esra Akcan

Professor; Michael A. McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory, Department of Architecture, Cornell University

María González Pendás

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Cornell University

Peter Christensen

Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center; Professor of Art History, University of Rochester

Group Outcomes

The edited volume TK, expanded networks, and new scholarly partnerships.