Imagination, Transcendence, and The Secular Age

CAVAD Architecture Symposium 2022

CBU Architecture Symposium

Imagination, Transcendence, and The Secular Age

CBU Architecture Symposium
October 21 – October 22, 2022
Riverside, California

Over the course of 400 – 500 years, Western civilization has moved from a culture where it was virtually impossible to not believe in God, to a culture where many find the idea of believing in God difficult to fully embrace. As Charles Taylor describes in his work, A Secular Age, the decline in religious participation by larger numbers of non-believers is not the defining marker of our ‘secular’ age. Rather, Taylor argues that our current age is defined by a fundamental shift in the plausibility structures and social imaginaries that support belief. Whereas sixteenth-century imaginaries understood the world as both immanent and transcendent with a porous boundary, the contemporary world operates from a closed immanent frame leaving individuals with un-situated lingering notions of the transcendent. The fundamental result is that individuals are now simultaneously pressured by belief and unbelief. Those who are disconnected from religious faith are ‘haunted’ by the transcendent, fearing something may have been lost, and those who have faith often believe while doubting.

The 2022 CBU Architecture symposia explores the role of architecture in responding to our ‘secular age’ as described by Taylor. Papers or presentations may include, but are not limited to, architectural, urbanistic, interior, theological, missiological, liturgical, sociological, and community development considerations of:

The Role of Beauty in a Secular Age
Architectural Witness and Faith
Transcendence in the Ordinary
Architecture and Imagination
Transcendence in Sacred Architecture
Architecture’ Role in Social Imaginaries
Emerging Trajectories in Church Architecture
Architecture Within an Immanent Frame

Call for Papers or Presentations

Over the course of 400 – 500 years, Western civilization has moved from a culture where it was virtually impossible to not believe in God, to a culture where many find the idea of believing in God difficult to fully embrace. As Charles Taylor describes in his work, A Secular Age, the decline in religious participation by larger numbers of non-believers is not the defining marker of our ‘secular’ age. Rather, Taylor argues that our current age is defined by a fundamental shift in the plausibility structures and social imaginaries that support belief. Whereas sixteenth-century imaginaries understood the world as both immanent and transcendent with a porous boundary, the contemporary world operates from a closed immanent frame leaving individuals with un-situated lingering notions of the transcendent. The fundamental result is that individuals are now simultaneously pressured by belief and unbelief. Those who are disconnected from religious faith are ‘haunted’ by the transcendent, fearing something may have been lost, and those who have faith often believe while doubting.

The 2022 CBU Architecture symposia explores the role of architecture in responding to our ‘secular age’ as described by Taylor. Papers or presentations may include, but are not limited to, architectural, urbanistic, interior, theological, missiological, liturgical, sociological, and community development considerations of:

The Role of Beauty in a Secular Age
Architectural Witness and Faith
Transcendence in the Ordinary
Architecture and Imagination
Transcendence in Sacred Architecture
Architecture’ Role in Social Imaginaries
Emerging Trajectories in Church Architecture
Architecture Within an Immanent Frame

Proposals are welcomed from scholars, working professionals, and students. Student engagement is encouraged from undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral levels from all relevant disciplines.

 

Submission Information

Interested individuals are invited to submit abstracts of a maximum of 500 words with a title, following the Chicago Manual of Style. Multiple abstracts may be submitted by an author or authorial team. Professional presentation proposals are included in the abstract review.

Abstracts will follow a blind peer-review process with at least two scholars considering each submission. The individual recommendations will be sent and studied by the conference conveners who will make the final determination regarding accepting or rejecting a proposal. Symposium abstracts will be electronically published prior to the meeting.

 

Format and Place of Submission

Abstracts should define focus and summarize its positioned approach or argument. All proposals should demonstrate engagement with the symposium’s theme, though related subjects will be considered.

Proposals should include the following:

Name, Title, and Organization of individual(s) submitting
Title of paper or presentation
Identification of Proposed Paper or Presentation Session Topic
500 word abstract
Any necessary footnote / bibliographic information
Five keywords

Please submit proposals at: https://calbaptist.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08Qcb12te0oO2Kq
Please direct questions to Professor Jacob Slagill (jslagill@calbaptist.edu).

 

Timeline

Submission Deadline: September 23, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: No later than September 30, 2022
Post-Conference Paper Submission: November 22, 2022

 

Steering Committee

Professor Keelan Kaiser, FAIA
Rev. Dr. Matthew Niermann, AIA
Dr. Karim Youssef
Professor Jacob Slagill, AIA

Symposium Schedule

OCTOBER 21 – OCTOBER 22, 2022

Schedule Forthcoming

Symposium Registration

Symposium Registration Forthcomming

Travel & Lodging

Symposium will take place on the California Baptist University Campus in Riverside, CA.

Participants are asked to arrange their own lodging if needed.  Suggested local hotels are below:

Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA  92501
reservations@missioninn.com
951-784-0300

Hyatt Place – Riverside
3500 Market Street
Riverside, CA  92501
951-321-3500

Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
3400 Market Street
Riverside, CA
951-784-8000

2018 – Contemplating Warehouses and Worship

October 19-20, 2018
Riverside, California

The 2018 CBU Architecture Symposium addressed and assessed the contemporary situation of church design practice including:

From Church to Warehouse, From Warehouse to Church
Exploring Attractional Church Architecture
Architectural Form Responses to Church Outreach Models
Efficacy of Architectural Evangelism
Sacredness and Evangelical Architecture
Church Architecture in a Secular Culture
Role of Patronage in Church Architecture
Archetypes and Antitypes
Architecture and Great Awakenings
Emerging Evangelical Liturgy
Emerging Trajectories in Church Architecture

Keynote Lecture: Dr. Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota