Key Dates

  • Extended deadline for paper proposals: 31st October 2021.

  • Notification of acceptance: 15th January 2022.

  • Registration for the symposium will open on 15th January 2022. 

To submit a proposal, please send a 250-300 word abstract that identifies the area in which it should be considered (specify specific session theme, open session, or lightning session) and a 2-page CV . You must be registered for the symposium by 28 February 2022 to present at the event.

Upcoming Events:
Inaugural Symposium
24-25 March 2022

The 2022 symposium will bring scholars and enthusiasts together to generate new ideas about the history and legacy of international expositions. We seek to emphasise new and developing strategies for research, curation, and preservation to maximize outreach opportunities.

About ISIE

The ISIE is a global interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in the design, promotion, reception, and consequence of the world’s fairs and expositions held since 1851. Though rooted in the history of architecture, science, diplomacy, art, and technology, our members hail from many disciplines and we welcome the participation of all those interested in exploring the many intersecting aspects of international expositions. 

‘International Expositions: Looking to the Past, Seeing the Future.’ 


Registration for the symposium will open on 15th January 2022. 

  • Regular registration before 28th February 2022: US$100

  • Student registration before 28th February 2022: US$50

  • (Note that a copy of your valid student ID is required with registration to qualify. Scholarships will be made available for students and postgraduate presenters based on need. Please submit a letter expressing need according to the instructions on no later than 11th February.)

  • Late registration between 1st - 21st March 2022: US$150

  • Registration between 22nd - 24th March 2022: US$200 

This symposium has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona and the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University, Australia.

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Due 31 October 2021

ISIE Paper Proposals

Abstracts must be 250-300 words

To submit a proposal, please send a 250-300 word abstract that identifies the area in which it should be considered (specify specific session theme, open session, or lightning session) and a 2-page CV to


Paper proposals that do not fit into one of the six themes may be considered for inclusion in an open session. We also plan to hold a lightning session for those in the early stages of a relevant research project. Interested graduate students may submit a proposal for consideration to either a paper or lightning session. If you would like to discuss your paper proposal prior to submission, please contact the relevant program committee member. 

Go to the Call for Proposals.

Symposium Organizers


Associate Professor Lisa Schrenk
Associate Professor of Architectural History, The University of Arizona

Lisa D. Schrenk is an associate professor of Architectural History at the University of Arizona. She received a B.A. from Macalester College with degrees in studio art and geography, a Master’s Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Minnesota, Montana State University, the University of California, Davis, and during the previous ten years in the School of Architecture and Art at Norwich University. In 2006 and again in 2012 she received the Charles A. Dana I Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service.


Other professional achievements include having her book Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) named to Choice Review’s 2008 List of Outstanding Academic Titles and receiving a Fulbright award to study sustainably development in Brazil. In 2008 she was awarded a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research on the Oak Park studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which she began while serving as Education Director for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation.


Dr. Schrenk has been a participant in several NEH and East-West Center enrichment programs on Asian culture. During the summer of 2009 she was a member of a delegation of 14 university educators from the United States and Southeast Asia that traveled to China as guests of the Chinese Ministry of Education. During the spring 2015 semester she taught courses on global architecture, sacred spaces, and urbanism as a faculty member on an around-the-world Semester at Sea voyage.


James Fortuna
PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews

Prior to joining the University of St Andrews, James taught within the Faculty of Humanities and Foreign Languages at Santa Fe College in Florida, USA and spent the 2016 academic year as a lecturer within the Faculty of Humanities at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, USA. He received a B.A. in History and English at West Virginia University before completing master’s degrees in Classics and History at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge, respectively. 


His research interests lie in the cultural, social, and diplomatic history of twentieth-century Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on the classically inflected architectural production of the interwar period and its relationship to the construction of national identity. He is especially interested in instances of creative or ideological transfer between states and the spaces or places in which this might have occurred. He also explores the extent to which various interpretations of cultural heritage came to influence the reimagined built environments of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the New Deal USA.


Through the generous support of the St Leonard’s College International Scholarship, his PhD dissertation will further develop these interests under the supervision of the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History. In exploring the ways architectural form and urban design were deployed as tools of diplomacy at the several international exhibitions held between 1933-42, this project will recast the historical role played by the international expositions while investigating potential links between the ambassadorial, domestic, and even imperial elements of state-sponsored design throughout the interwar period.


Associate Professor Flavia Marcello
Associate Professor of Architectural History, Swinburne University of Technology

Flavia is a world expert on the architecture and cultural production of the Italian Fascist period. She is a member of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies and came to Swinburne in 2013 after a varied teaching career at Deakin and Melbourne Universities and Temple University's Rome Campus. She has also worked as Professional Development Manager at the Australian Institute of Architects and as Curriculum Development Consultant at Box Hill Institute.


While living and working in Rome she developed her expertise on the city and its 2000 + years of history, particularly in the architecture and urban planning of the Italian Fascist period. Her long-time interest in 1930s art and architecture was explored in her PhD (University of Sydney, 2003) and has continued to evolve throughout her academic career. Her areas of research include: exhibitions, architectural ephemera, spatial practice, the political uses of the Classical tradition, manifestations of fascist and anti-fascist ideology in monuments and public space. 


Her book Giuseppe Pagano. Design for Social Change in Fascist Italy was pubished with Intellect Press in January 2020. Most recently, she has been exploring the use of virtual reality as a method for architectural history. She teaches in the areas of design, history and theory with a particular focus on the inter-relationship between art and architecture, between design and health. She also conducts action research in the role of design to improve health outcomes. Design studios are used to explore new paradigms for aged care, in particular for people with dementia. She facilitates the 'Hit Submit', 'Draft don't Drift' and 'Grant It!' writing workshops with Simone Taffe and is a leader of the Career Development team within SWAN (Swinburne Women's Academic Network).

Design Team


Dr Alison de Kruiff
Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology

Alison de Kruiff is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Design. She has a PhD in Design Research investigating the creation of Virtual Heritage, the 3D digitisation of cultural heritage sites and objects. She conducts research into user experience, information design and extended (virtual and augmented) reality, focusing on cultural and health needs of communities.

Alison de Kruiff teaches web design in the undergraduate design program and is co-leader of the UX Interaction Design major.