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2024: (un)Making Call for Abstracts

Interior Provocations


The seventh annual Interior Provocations symposium, “(un)making,” to be held at Pratt Institute on March 23, 2024, will explore making and unmaking not as opposites nor as simple binaries, but as co-present aspects of cultural production.

(Un)making may be tangible, an attention to the material as a process, whether linear, circular or otherwise.

(Un)making may be intangible, an interrogation of presence, place and time in physical and/or virtual environments.

(Un)making may surface methods and approaches for understanding and constituting interiors, both past and present. 

(Un)making may propose alternative processes or logics by which interiors are formed or reformed.


Interior Provocations: (un)making seeks new discourse considering construction, deconstruction, reforming, and being in and of the interior.

The conference encourages provocative and boundary-expanding proposals from design practitioners, historians, and theorists that challenge traditional assumptions and investigate overlooked parameters or influences, both today and in the past.

Please submit

  • abstracts based on original, unpublished research (no more than 300 words)

  • one to three images (required; please combine with abstract in one document)

  • 2-page cv 

 To by December 11, 2023, 9:00 pm EST


Indicate in your email subject and on your abstract whether your paper should be considered;

  • History and theory

  • Praxis and theory

If you are interested in participating in a teaching roundtable with a five-minute presentation, followed by a panel discussion please submit materials listed above and indicate “pedagogy” in your email subject and abstract.


Dependent upon the number of entries, a poster session will also be held. Please indicate in your abstract if you would like to be considered for this session also or for the poster presentation session only.


Please note that while the symposium will be broadcast on zoom all presenters must be in person.

Keynote Speaker: 

Behnaz Farahi | Assistant Professor of Design | California State University, Long Beach

Symposium Organizers:

Anca I. Lasc

Erica Morawski

Deborah Schneiderman

Keena Suh

Karin Tehve

Karyn Zieve

Image: Quentin Bell Ceramic Lighting Fixture at Charleston Farmhouse | Photo: Annie Coggan

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