Utopian and Sacred Architecture Studies
Utopian and Sacred Architecture Studies

Call For Abstracts

  • 15, Apr / 17, Apr 2019
  • Naples, Italy
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For thousands of years human beings have dreamt of perfect worlds, worlds free of conflict, hunger and unhappiness. But can these worlds ever exist in reality?

This conference aims to explore the theories and practices stimulated over the last five centuries in a wide range of areas of thought, historiography, political sciences, social sciences, literary and art studies, social activism and in the conception of possible worlds. The conference aims to address directly the controversy surrounding Utopia and its successors from its origin to our present. It is an appropriate moment for reflection on the notion of utopia in the past, today and the future. IEREK, in its second conference, aims to open up the dreams, ideas and energies behind a selection of historical utopias, architecture of cities, the utopian ideals, and the impact of religion and culture. It questions the ups and downs of a visionary approach to life, and considers the ways in which utopias from the past might help us think freshly about the world today. Utopia offers a variety of approaches for countering the outcomes our world faces, by reaching out to the “Next-City”. The aims of this conference is to explore the impact on and by the utopian religious, and cultural ideals.

Conference Topics
  1. 1. The Advent Of Utopia

    1.1 Utopia And Religious And Spiritual Architecture.

    1.2 Historical Influence of Ancient Cities On New Life.

    1.3 Reconstruction Of Old Theological Buildings.

    1.4 Architectural And Liturgical Reforms In The First Half Of The Twentieth Century.

    1.5 Twentieth-century Monastic Architecture

  2. 2. The Utopian Realm

    2.1 Utopian History

    2.2 Utopian New Life Style.

    2.3 Real Life Environmental Architecture.

    2.4 Reality And Utopian Anthropology

    2.5 Difference Between Utopia And Reality.

  3. 3. Utopia: The City And Human

    3.1 Envisioning The Sustainable City

    3.2 Art, Life, And Prefiguration: Stories Of Contemporary Art And Intentional Communities

    3.3 Unions As Utopian Spaces: Intersecting Narratives Of Potentiality In The Fight Against Marketised Education

    3.4 Mapping The ‘modern Attitude’.

    3.5 Translation Movements As Historic ‘points Of Solidarity’ Among Human Beings: Prerequisite For Utopian Human Society

  4. 4. Architecture And Art

    4.1 Fictional Spaces And Imagery Places: The Language Of Built Space

    4.2 Interior And Literature

    4.3 Icons And Meaning

    4.4 Architectural And Visual Cultures

    4.5 Gothic Architecture And Literature

  5. 5. Religious Architecture And Philosophy

    5.1 Religion Enquiry In Art & Architectural.

    5.2 Sacred Foundations Of Architecture.

    5.3 Culture: The Context For Theology, Liturgy, Sacred Architecture And Art.

    5.4 The Responses Of The Churches To Cultural Shifts.

    5.5 Theology, Liturgy, And Sacred Architecture And Art In The Post-Constantinian.

Benefits Of Attending

Attending Conferences is very beneficial on the professional level. Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will ultimately expand one’s knowledge and undoubtedly help one’s career.

You not only get to hear presentations but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about. You get to learn from experts in their fields. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.

Not to mention, you will get an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learn about its people and culture.

Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.

It is an opportunity to engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.

Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hard copy book or in digital format on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstract.

Important Dates
Title Date Notes
Abstract Submissions Deadline 19th July 2018
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 18th August 2018
Full Paper Submission Deadline 17th October 2018
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 16th November 2018
Early Payment Deadline 17th October 2018
Regular Payment Deadline 16th November 2018
Late Payment Deadline 16th December 2018
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 16th November 2018
Letter of Final Acceptance 16th November 2018
Conference Program 16th December 2018
Conference Launch 15th January 2019
Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers' committee to go through the revision process:

Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented as well as a sound literature and methodology of work.

First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers' committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.


In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

The full papers that paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?
(2) Are the writing and structure clear?
(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?
(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?
(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?
(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?
(7) Has the author used the appropriate methodology and explained them clearly?
(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?
(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

The conference proceedings will be published in full in Resourceedings and SSRN by ELSEVIER. Publication in the Springer Book Series will only be applicable to the selected papers that will be supervised by highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure a high-quality publication material. Thus, such outstanding material will lead to the indexing of the series in well-known indexing databases such as Scopus and Thomson Reuters. *For the selected papers, another revision process will be added to the selected manuscripts.  
Author's Instructions

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template (please download).


Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper. For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

Writing Templates: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the formatting style described below for submitting an abstract as this format is required for the full paper.

English will be the official language of the conference “Utopian and Sacred Architcture Studies”.

Conference Venue

Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Viale Abramo Lincoln, 5, 81100 Caserta CE, Italy

Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Conference Fees


  • Each and every research paper should have at least one main author to pay the full fees, even if the main author is a Master’s or a Ph.D. candidate, and even if the author will not be able to attend the conference.

  • These fees include the publishing of your paper in the journal that is specified in the conference’s details.

  • These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row 1, for the early payment or row 2 or normal payment)

  • The fees of a research paper allow only one author, whether he is the corresponding author or any co-author to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference book in both hard and soft copy (a Printed book + a CD)

  • In the case of there are co-authors (1-5 maximum) Each Co-Author has to pay the specified fees (As shown in the table, row 4) without attending. In case of one or more of these authors need to attend the conference, they should complete the fees to attend as audience (Shown in the table, row 5)

  • The fees of Conference book (hard copy + CD) for audiences and co-authors, is shown in the table row 3

  • In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they must pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 5).

Cancellations / Refunds

  • Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a €100 administration charge.

  • Once an acceptance letter has been issued, this means that the publishing of the proceedings book is being in process, and a refund will not be possible.

  • Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

  • Cancellation or withdrawal of a paper or an abstract from our system after it has been revised and receiving its acceptance has a penalty to be paid, in the case of either previous payment or not, €50 for the abstract and € 150 for the full paper before its delegation.

Authors & Publication Fees

Author fees for Early Payment (Before  October 17, 2018)

EUR 400
Author fees for Regular Payment (Before November 16, 2018) EUR 500

Author fees for Late Payment (Before December 16, 2018)

EUR 600
Regular Attendance Fees

Fees for Audiences (Co-authors, Learners, and Interests)

EUR 200
Coneference Book (Hard copy + CD) EUR 100
Refund Policy

Please note that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa if needed, by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances for any reason will receive refunds according to the following plan and according to the number of days from the start of the event:

Cancellation Policy Up to 60 days before the event Up to 50 days before the event Up to 40 days before the event 39 days before the event
Penalty 20% 50% 70% 100%


A refund is not possible if

-An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

-The proceedings of the event have been published (Authors only)

-All matters have been finalized (accommodation/travel expenses paid for)

Visa Rejection Cases

Reason and proof of rejection must be submitted. If the reason for rejection is due to an error on our part, the participant will be refunded their full fee with a deduction of a 20% administration fee.

Documents to be issued by IEREK to acquire a visa are as follows:

*Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

*Visa Invitation Letter

*Invoice/proof of payment

We encourage all authors and attendees to ensure their having acquired all documents (those applicable) mentioned.

If the reason for rejection is not related to any of the aforementioned and is an error on the participant’s part, the following will apply:

*Authors: may choose to let their co-author present his/her research on his/her behalf free of charge. If the author does not have a co-author, a member of the scientific committee shall present on the author’s behalf.

*Audience members/Registrants: will only be allowed to attend another similar event of their choosing that is organized by IEREK free of charge.