IASTE 2000 Conference Description

The End of Tradition?

Conference Description

As we approach the next millennium, there is a great deal of contentious debate regarding the “end of history”, the “end of geography”, and the “end of tradition”. The emergence of the term “post”, as in post-developmentalism, post-modernism and now post-traditionalism, serves as an indicator of our present day discourse.  In past conferences, IASTE scholars and practitioners have attempted to make sense of this ever-changing intellectual landscape and have grappled with how processes of globalization are irrevocably restructuring space and place. This conference will be concerned with a specific historical moment, one where a seemingly all-consuming late capitalism levels differences and particularities, but where there is at the same time a resurgence of localisms, populisms, and fundamentalisms. It is this paradoxical simultaneity which necessitates our question: The End of Tradition?

IASTE has always been an unconventional intellectual space, drawing upon the strengths of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural investigations.   Perhaps it is now time to extend this unconventionality to our analytical strategies. We thus propose an interrogation of the traditions of “place”, for the “End of Tradition” should also be interpreted as a dislocation of intellectual traditions as well.

Pre-registration Information

Interested scholars who wish to pre-register for the conference should send a request with name, affiliation, and mailing address. Payment should be in US dollars in the form of check, money order, or international bank draft in the amount of $375.00 made payable to University of California Regents.  All conference presenters must pre-register in order to be included in the final program. Pre-registration fees do not cover the expenses of travel and accomodations. For more information, contact:

IASTE 2000
Center for Environmental Design Research
390 Wurster Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1839, USA

Phone:  510.642.6801/510.642.2896
Fax: 510.643.5571
E-mail:    iaste@uclink4.berkeley.edu

Conference Site and Travel Agent

The conference will be held at the Castello Svevo in Trani, Italy north of the city of Bari.  Hotel and travel arrangements should be made directly with the designated travel agency. A number of one day and half day trips to nearby sites will also be available after the conference through this travel agent to conference participants for an additional fee. These include Castel del Monte, Apulia, and Alberobello.

For detailed information and reservations, contact:

Contact person: Ms. Giusy Fotia
Via Calefati 89
Bari, Italy
Phone 39.080.521.2853
Fax 39.080.521.2868
Email user788@pangeanet.it

Organizing Committee

Nezar AlSayyad, Conference Director, University of California, Berkeley
Attilio Petruccioli, Conference Local Co-Director, Polytechnic of Bari
Jean-Paul Bourdier, Conference Co-Director, University of California, Berkeley
Michele Stella, Conference Local Coordinator, Istituto per la Residenza e le Infrastrutture Sociali (IRIS)
Montira Horayangura, Conference Coordinator, University of California, Berkeley
Mark Gillem, IASTE Coordinator, University of California, Berkeley
Nora Watanabe, Conference Administrator, University of California, Berkeley

Advisory Committee and Session Chairs

Dieter Ackerknecht, Mike Austin, William Bechhoefer, Juan Fernando Bontempo, Hugh Burgess, Antonio Castorani, Jeffrey Cody, Nicola Costantino, Jeffrey Cook, Greig Crysler, Claudio D’Amato Guerrieri, Howard Davis, Vicente Del Rio, Dalila Elkerdany, Lisa Findley, Harrison Fraker, Mia Fuller, Aly Gabr, Mui Ho, Anne Hublin, Derek Japha, Basil Kamel, Heng Chye Kiang, Michael Landzelius, Morna Livingston, David Lung, Robert Mugerauer, Hajo Neis, Paul Oliver, Marcela Pizzi, Samia Rab, Ananya Roy, Manuel Teixeira, Gunawan Tjahjono, Steven Tobriner, Weijen Wang, Donald J. Watts, John Webster, Christopher Yip

Conference Sponsors

Faculty of Architecture, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
Center for Environmental Design Research and the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, USA
IRIS, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Bari, Italy
Municipality of Trani, Italy
Banco del Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy
Sovrintendenza ai Beni Ambientali, Architettonici, Artistici e Storici della Puglia, Italy
Provincia di Bari, Italy
Regione Puglia, Assessorato al Turismo, Italy

  Optional Excursions

A number of one day and half day trips to nearby sites will also be available after the conference to conference participants for an additional fee.  These include Castel del Monte, Apalia, and Aberobello.