Institute for the Study of International Expositions Inaugural Symposium



midnight to 11:50 p.m., March 24 to 25, 2022

International Expositions: Looking to the Past, Seeing the Future

Co-Sponsored by the University of Arizona's College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) as well as the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University, Australia.

The online 2022 ISIE Symposium will bring scholars and enthusiasts together to generate new ideas about the history and legacy of international expositions. The symposium seeks to emphasize new and developing strategies for research, curation and preservation to maximize outreach opportunities. ISIE wants to facilitate both scholarly and popular understandings of the significance of these global events that serve as mirrors of concurrent (both real and visionary) political, cultural and technological conditions of the times in which they were held. Their aim is to ensure that participants leave the symposium with new insights into the study of expositions and a stronger connection to the global community of scholars involved in the study of expositions.

In addition to paper sessions, there will be keynote speakers, including Professor of History at Montana State University-Bozeman and leading scholar on International Expositions Robert Rydell, who will speak on the history of world’s fair scholarship, and former Minnesota Secretary of State and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee Mark Ritchie, who will discuss the fascinating political story behind the U.S. rejoining the Bureau of International Expositions and efforts to bring a world’s fair to the U.S. in 2027. Other keynotes will be presented by Sarah Moore, The University of Arizona, USA; Sudesh Mantillake, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; and Van Troi Tran, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada.

The symposium will include a roundtable event focused on the future direction of the ISIE, as well as opportunities to informally socialize and network with others sharing related interests. Those interested in the study of world’s fairs are invited become actively involved in the development of ISIE. View the CAPLA media release.

View the Conference Program

Registration is Now Open

  • Regular registration before 7th March 2022: US$100

  • Student registration before 21st March 2022: US$50

  • Regular registration between 8th - 21st March 2022: US$150

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

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About ISIE

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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, its members hail from many disciplines and welcome the participation of all those interested in exploring the many intersecting aspects of international expositions. 

Header image: Interior of the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, London, 1851.


Lisa Schrenk


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