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IASTE 2016: Legitimating Traditions
December 17, 2016 - December 20, 2016
“Legitimating Tradition” is the theme of the Fifteenth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) to be held in Kuwait from December 17 to 20, 2016. In contemporary contexts of globalization, political conflict, and dynamic social and cultural change, legitimacy is often invoked, questioned, or challenged by various actors to achieve certain ends. This conference seeks to ask: What role does tradition play in legitimating practices that produce place-based or placeless built environments? It will uncover how traditions that relate to the production of the built environment have been legitimated or used as tools of political and social legitimation. Over 140 paper presentations by academics from 40 different countries will address the following sub-themes: Building Legitimacy Through Tradition; Legitimizing Tradition; Tradition and the Ethics of Practice.