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We support Dr Samia Henni
in the defense of the freedom of thought and research



Lund University

Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm

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Department of Architecture, the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University


Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University


Centre for Asian and Middle-Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide

Book of Abstracts 


The infrastructure of the colonial territories obeyed the logic of economic exploitation territorial domain and commercial dynamics among others that left deep marks in the built landscape. The rationales applied to the decisions behind the construction of infrastructures varied according to the historical period, the political model of colonial administration and the international conjuncture.

This congress seeks to bring to the knowledge of scientific community the dynamics of occupation of colonial territory, especially related to the war effort, and that involve not only agents related to architecture and urbanism but to the military, and its repercussions in the same territories as independent countries.

It is hoped to address issues such as how colonial infrastructure, in this case housing production during armed conflict, has conditioned the current development models of the new countries or what options taken by colonial administrations have been abandoned or otherwise strengthened after independence.

The II International Congress on Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes focuses on the theme of Architecture, Colonialism and War.



The congress is part of the ongoing research project entitled “Archwar - Dominance and mass-violence through Housing and Architecture during colonial wars. The Portuguese case (Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Mozambique): colonial documentation and post-independence critical assessment” funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology), ref. PTDC/ART-DAQ/0592/2020, in which the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG) takes part.


The research project, described below in its generic objectives, seeks to analyse how strategies of control during the colonial/ liberation wars in Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique, with a focus on housing, had repercussions on the configuration of their territories after independence.

In the project we can identify:

- Three types of phenomena: 1) new housing estates for the urban middle class and affordable neighbourhoods, built over slums, to lodge and control populations, 2) settlements in strategic economic areas, and 3) rural redevelopments resulting from the war scenario;

- Three colonial agents operating on the ground: a) architects responsible for private works, b) technicians (architects, engineers and others) from the Colonial Public Works departments, and c) military personnel;

- Three groups of inhabitants: i) European settlers, ii) assimilados, and iii) African populations.

The aim of this congress is to extend the debate on the repercussions of the decisions made by the colonial states in the area of territorial infrastructures – in particular through the disciplines of architecture and urbanism – in post-independence development models and the formation of new countries with a colonial past.


Registration Fees


and others (1)

Professionals and researchers with a different affiliation




50 €

150 €

75 €


25 €

Session Chairs

Free of charge

Members of the R&D project Archwar

150 € (2)

(1) Students must send a confirmation from the institution. Other circumstances – such as part-time workers or unemployed individuals – may be considered upon reasoned request to the organising team. Evidence of status should be sent to

(2) Participation will be financed by the project.



13 Dec 2021 ->13 March 2022

Call for Sessions

27 March 2022

Notification of acceptance of sessions

04 Jul -> 18 Sep 2022

Call for papers

30 Sep 2022

Notification of acceptance of papers

31 Oct 2022

Deadline for registration (postponed to 10 Nov 2022)

31 Dez 2022

Deadline for short paper*

18 -> 20 Jan 2023


15 March 2023

Deadline for full paper**

* Short paper: it is a short manuscript to be sent to the chairs’ session in order for them to organize the session’s line-up. Short papers cannot exceed 2500 words and they are mandatory for all the selected participants.

**Long paper: it is a long manuscript, mandatory ONLY for those willing to publish. Conference proceedings or an Open Access Book will be published with the outputs of the Conference. Long papers cannot exceed 8000 words.



1 – Colonial heritage: wars, nationalisms and identities

2 – Legacies of Wartime Villagization

3 – The City as the (Anti)Structure: Urban space, Violence and Fearscapes

4 – Mapping the Landscape of War/ Resistance and Post-Independence period through Public Art

5 – The Architectures of War in Lusophone Africa and Beyond

6 – Under Golden Suns: Revisiting Late Modernist Typology Experiments

7 – Architecture of Repair

8 - Of other spaces: heterotopias and the strategy of siege

9 – Modernity and the city: norms and forms of urban transition in colonial contexts

10 - By Sword and Cross: Christianizing Missions and Global Empire

11 - Diasporic Imaginations and Alternative Futurities

12 - The role of large construction companies in housing through colonial and postcolonial perspectives

13 – War affairs: the entanglements between architecture and military apparatus in colonial Africa

14 – Nuclear Imperialism and Colonialism

15 – Learning from (and for) Africa. Architecture, colonialism and conflict

Call for Sessions
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