The Editorial Board of the Vernacular Architecture Studies Series, also known as the “Special Series,” is looking for interested authors. The Series supports the publication of short, well-illustrated books that introduce, clarify, and explore central issues in the theory and technique of vernacular architecture studies.
What is it? (The Mission Statement)
The Special Series in Vernacular Architecture is an initiative by the VAF intended to encourage and support the publication of short (100 page manuscripts), well-illustrated (100 images) monographs that introduce, clarify, and explore central issues in the theory and technique of vernacular architecture studies. Published in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Press, Special Series volumes are targeted toward a wide audience that includes the academic community, public sector organizations, and the general public. The tightly focused monographs are envisioned as affordable educational tools helping researchers understand ways of approaching the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. The range of topics within the series will span practical instruction in field survey and documentation methods to critical exposition on the theoretical frameworks that guide interpretation.
Who are Special Series books for?
Intended audiences for the series include:
What has been done?
Two volumes have appeared in the series, both published by the University of Tennessee Press:
Thomas Carter and Elizabeth Cromley, Invitation to Vernacular Architecture: A Guide to the Study of Ordinary Buildings and Landscapes (2005)
Thomas Hubka, Houses Without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America’s Common Houses (2013)
Who should write these books?
Authors should have proven expertise in the subjects about which they are writing. They could be a sole author, or work jointly with someone with complementary expertise. The editorial board can help pair up potential authors. Proposals for edited volumes are also welcome.
How should they be written?
Books in this series can employ different approaches, such as:
Books in this series might also:
What sort of topics are appropriate?
The range of topics is vast and interested authors are welcome to suggest anything that might fit the parameters outlined above. The editorial board is also particularly seeking volumes that consider:
What is the process?
Steps related to the process of proposing a topic, manuscript review and production can be found here.
What help or support can authors expect?
Who is on the Editorial Board?
Besides the Series Editor, Tom Carter, the Editorial Board consists of:
Gretchen Buggeln, Valparaiso University (ex officio)
Annmarie Adams, McGill University
William Moore, Boston University
Sarah Scarlett, Michigan Technological University
Elaine Stiles, University of California, Berkeley
Aaron Wunsch, University of Pennsylvania