VANDALISM | Spring 2015
Deadline for submission: February 3, 2014
The Oxford New American Dictionary defines vandalism as an action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to private or public property. When applied to heritage, the term usually refers to negative acts that aim to alter or destroy the perpetuation of historic buildings, works of art, and other heritage sites. Yet, as students of history we also know that defacement and demolition of heritage is as old as the history of art and architecture itself. Whether motivated by religious fervor, devotion, political upheaval, derangement, or the urban mischief that has become the norm in modern urban centers, such acts of unauthorized attack on the built environment are historical records as well as unwelcome attacks. They are explicable if not legitimate responses to real or perceived tyranny, augurs of change, and sometimes even works of art unto themselves.
This issue will explore the many facets of vandalism as a global response that has long participated in the destruction as well as recreation of heritage and its preservation. We will look for a range of topics that include case studies and theoretical examinations of the topic, the role of popular culture in transforming unauthorized interventions into valid forms of expression, and historical examples of heritage transformed by vandalism. The goal is to expand the definition of vandalism and address its symbiotic relationship to preservation of heritage. Guest edited by Rosa Lowinger.
LANDSCAPE AND CLIMATE CHANGE | Fall 2015
Deadline for submission: September 1, 2014
Whether climate change is human-induced or part of the natural cycle of events, there is no doubt that it is impacting our planet and our heritage resources. Modern climate change science began in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and was accelerated in the third quarter of the twentieth century. In more recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the real and potential impacts of climate change, especially on natural systems, such as temperature, sea levels, storm occurrence and intensity, temperature ranges, and vegetative patterns.
More recently, research has turned to the impact of climate change on significant cultural resources, including historic structures and archeological sites. This work, however, has only now begun to address the impact of climate change on cultural landscapes. There is a growing need for a broader understanding in a number of areas, including: the differences between global change and local or regional impacts; potential policy implications; and models for adaptation and intervention. Among the factors that need to be considered, within a range of climate change impacts on cultural landscapes, are: temperature fluctuation, water cycle modification, vegetation management, invasive species, and change in fire occurrence, as well as the potential for increased land development pressures. Basic to this discussion, but not always articulated, are the fundamental issues of integrity and character-defining features in a resource type that is inherently dynamic.
This issue will explore many facets of the impacts of climate change on significant cultural landscapes. We look for a range of topics that include case studies, theoretical and philosophical examinations of this topic, the position of cultural landscapes in the larger historic preservation discourse on climate change, and applicable lessons from other disciplines. The goal is to provide a basis from which our responses to known and unknown impacts of climate on cultural landscapes can be advanced. Guest edited by Robert Melnick.
RUSKIN REDUX | Spring 2016
Deadline for preliminary submissions: March 1, 2014
Deadline for final submissions: February 2, 2015
The spring 2016 issue of Change Over Time is planned on the preservation ideas and practice of John Ruskin. This is a preliminary call for two responses: (1) suggestions of articles and topics that might be taken up; and (2) for an anthology of Ruskin’s relevant writings which COT will offer. This last is intended as a collection of Ruskin’s remarks on preservation, excluding the most obvious piece on “The Lamp of Memory”: letters, diaries, other writings, whether in fragments or larger passages (please give us references). The editor will gather these and organize them, with proper acknowledgment of suggestions made, in an effort to collect and present a compendium of Ruskin’s remarks on this topic as an eminently usable tool for reference. This would complement not only the Cook and Wedderburn edition of Ruskin’s writing, but of the considerable publication of materials since his death. Submittal inquiries may be sent to John Dixon Hunt (email@example.com), guest editor.
Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. See author guidelines for full details, or email Meredith Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.