Special Issue
Ex-Situ: On Moving Monuments

Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2018

Future Anterior seeks articles that critically examine the ramifications of moving monuments and historical buildings within the theory and history of historic preservation. The act of relocating historical buildings has been part and parcel of modern preservation practice since its origins in the early 19 th century, when parts of many ancient monuments were relocated to Europe, America and elsewhere. Although the practice never stopped, 20 th century preservationists demoted it to a solution of last resort. Today however the practice is resurgent, as various external pressures, from rising sea levels to economic pressure, are making preservationists reconsider ex-situ preservation. As a result, a new critical engagement with preservation’s colonial history is emerging; core preservation concepts, such as the primacy of context, are being reconsidered; fundamental practices such as the archiving of architectural fragments are being redefined; and new technologies to relocate historic buildings physically or virtually are being developed. This special issue will critically examine these recent theoretical advances in light of the history of relocating historical buildings in order to unpack the philosophical, social, technological and environmental questions that the new penchant for re-placing architecture raises within contemporary preservation practice.

Jorge Otero Pailos

Guest Editor:
Mechtild Widrich
Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Author of Performative Monuments. The Rematerialisation of Public Art (Manchester University Press, 2014).

Articles submitted for peer review should be no more than 4000 words, with seven to ten illustrations. Text must be formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. All articles must be submitted in English, and spelling should follow American convention. All submissions must be submitted electronically. Text should be saved as Microsoft Word or RTF format, while accompanying images should be sent as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at 8 by 9 print size. Figures should be numbered clearly in the text. Image captions and credits must be included with submissions. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author biography (around 100 words) must accompany the text.

For further manuscript guidelines, please visit: http://www.upress.umn.edu/journal-division/Journals/future-anterior/manuscript-submission-guidelines-future-anterior

Acceptance or rejection of submissions is at the discretion of the editors. Please do not send original materials, as submissions will not be returned.

Please email all submissions to the guest editors (see above) and: