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PER Journal CoverCall for Papers for the 6th Volume of Preservation Education Research

Making the Argument: Pedagogical Approaches to Interpreting a Broader Past

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2013
Authors of accepted papers will be notified in April 2013

The editors of Preservation Education Research (PER) invite paper proposals on the theme of incorporating aspects of vernacular architecture into our interpretations of place for the sixth (2013) edition of the journal.

The conservation of the historic environment is a “cultural problem,” not a technical one, especially where vernacular buildings and landscapes are concerned (Oliver 2006). Preservation treatments tend to unintentionally freeze a vernacular building or landscape rather than focusing on sustaining the social and cultural processes that brought the environment into being. Clearly, preservation research and practice needs to acknowledge that natural evolution and adaptation of vernacular processes played a role in creating these places, yet there is a lack of a theoretical basis for how vernacular traditions are sustained (Asquith and Vellinga 2006).

Many arguments for the significance of a place focus on its representation of the exceptional rather than the ordinary, leaving out much that can be learned from everyday, vernacular places. How do we teach our students to interpret ordinary places through the disciplines of vernacular architecture and historic preservation? Are there new strategies that can be employed to revisit our interpretations of the past and tell new stories about familiar places? For this thematic issue, the editors seek papers in two areas: those that focus on case studies demonstrating broader conceptions of arguing for significance, and those that address new or innovative strategies for helping students to acquire effective skills for demonstrating significance arguments.

While we encourage submissions based on this issue’s theme, papers on all topics related to preservation education, research, and scholarship are also considered.

The deadline for submission of papers (4500-6000 words), which should be e-mailed to, is FEBRUARY 15, 2013. All submissions must adhere to the journal’s publication guidelines located at Papers will be blind reviewed and authors notified of publication status by April 2013.

In addition, we encourage readers with interest and expertise in the topics covered in previous PER volumes to consider writing a PER Forum essay. The PER Forum contains short essays (800-1000 words) that respond to or critique reports or articles in previous volumes of the journal and encourage a constructive and scholarly dialogue. The deadline for PER Forum contributions is May 1, 2013. These contributions will be reviewed for acceptance and edited by PER editorial staff and, in some cases, sent out for peer review.

About PER

Preservation Education Research (PER) is a refereed journal focusing on scholarship related to historic preservation (e.g., heritage conservation/cultural patrimony) education that addresses the historic environment. The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) launched PER in 2007 as part of its mission to exchange and disseminate information and ideas concerning preservation education, current developments and innovations in preservation, and the improvement of historic preservation education programs and endeavors in the United States and abroad. For more information about NCPE and PER, visit Back issues of PER are also available on NCPE’s web site.

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