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Future Anterior: Critical Carbon CFP

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Posted by: Columbia GSAPP
Deadline: Sat, October 1st, 2022

Future Anterior: Special Issue

Critical Carbon: Rethinking Energy and Heritage in the Asia Pacific

Guest Editor: Jennifer Ferng, The University of Sydney

Manuscripts due: October 1, 2022

As Sheila Jasanoff has noted, climate change is often cast as being “impersonal, apolitical, and universal” when in fact, it requires quite the opposite: decarbonizing and its role in the built environment demands the “subjective, situated and normative imaginations of human actors.”1 This special issue of Future Anterior seeks to explore heritage as a realm within which such a critical imagination can be developed. We invite critiques of decarbonization discourse that use heritage as a lens for theorizing and historicizing the contemporary notions of carbon. In particular, we invite critiques that bring into focus the differences in cultural and ethical values associated with decarbonizing in the Southeast Asia Pacific region. This issue seeks to highlight theories and histories emerging within the Southeast Asia Pacific region that deploy heritage conservation in advancing more equitable understandings of decarbonization.

We welcome papers from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds including, preservation architecture, environmental humanities, art, urban planning, real estate and related disciplines.

Some themes of particular interest include critical readings of decarbonization policies that account for contested histories and Aboriginal values associated with heritage precincts, or district. Precinct planning examples of state or regional importance demonstrating innovative approaches to energy efficiency in the context of viability and governance are also encouraged.

We also encourage critical analyses of the hidden cultural and class biases in how heritage buildings in the Southeast Asia Pacific region are maintained, adapted, and demolished. This extends to studies that evaluate such biases in the production of new building materials designed to offset carbon emissions in existing buildings; or in tools being used to measure energy consumption in light of heritage status.

We also encourage essays that explore the entanglement of decarbonization policies with networks of power and privilege within professional bodies, governmental regulations, and environmental policies meant to direct heritage conservation (e.g. in relation to affordable housing, public housing, and transit housing undergoing retrofitting in order to improve living conditions for vulnerable groups in Southeast Asian countries).

All submissions and questions about the submission process must be submitted electronically, via email to

Checklist of documents required for submission:

__ Abstract (200 words)
__ Manuscript (4000 words, excluding footnotes) __ Illustrations (maximum of 7)


__ Captions for Illustrations
__ Illustration Copyright information
__ Author biography (100 words)

Posted on Mon, September 12th, 2022
Expires on Sat, October 1st, 2022

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