UNMENTIONABLES SYMPOSIUM 2019

The Unmentionables Symposium is a biannual event highlighting critical issues concerning the constructed environment. It provides a forum for rarely mentioned ideas in spatial practice and theory. The inaugural symposium in April 2017, hosted by the Woodbury University Interior Architecture Department, featured compelling presentations and panel discussions that brought together a broad range of renowned designers and thinkers from literature, architecture, film, art, philosophy, and interior design.

The second Unmentionables Symposium looks to revisit this rich interdisciplinary territory by revising the form of the symposium itself as both a place and an event of performative potential. In Ancient Greece the sympotic designated a social institution that circumscribed a public space within a domestic interior. It was a gendered, formal arrangement—a banquet of philosophical speeches that encouraged performativity and intellectual risk-taking with the aid of libations. Beyond anesthetic intelligence the ancients saw a rich world of aesthetic promise, charting trajectories of intelligibility between intoxication, spectacle, hazard, and failure. The 2019 Unmentionables Symposium attempts to fulfill that promise by showcasing the intricacies of sharing insight beyond the strict confines of cognitive content.

The Department of Interior Architecture at Woodbury University invites you to submit proposals that explore notions of critical interiority and the constructed environment, as well as the format(s) through which such content is generated and presented. Proposals will be double- blind reviewed by a panel of Woodbury University reviewers for presentation at the 2019 Unmentionables Symposium to be held in Los Angeles, April 6, 2019.

Authors are invited to submit proposals and research-driven design projects that explore a wide range of topics covering history, theory, practice, interdisciplinary inquiry, and any other subject of current discourse. Proposals are encouraged to interrogate the relationship of content to form, duration, and performativity. Duels, readings, serenades, movements, quarrels, arias, eulogies, sermons, happenings, fĂȘtes, or other such modes of delivery are welcomed.

Submissions are expected to offer original research and design projects that have not been presented and/or published previously. Presentation descriptions should not exceed 200 words and can be accompanied by a maximum of one image.

Junior academics, members of under-represented groups and independent scholars/professionals are encouraged to submit materials for consideration. In order to promote a diversity of voices, a maximum of two submissions per author is allowed. This also includes coauthored work.