Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference (Glasgow)

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Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference (Glasgow)

June 6, 2016

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 32 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks are listed below. Please note that those submitting papers for the Graduate Student Lightning Talks must be graduate students at the time the talk is being delivered (June 7–11, 2017). Open sessions are available for those whose research does not match any of the themed sessions. Instructions and deadlines for submitting to themed sessions and open sessions are the same.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Abstracts must be under 300 words.
2. The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
3. Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
4. Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be submitted.
5. A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted.

Abstracts should define the subject and summarize the argument to be presented in the proposed paper. The content of that paper should be the product of well-documented original research that is primarily analytical and interpretive, rather than descriptive in nature. Papers cannot have been previously published or presented in public except to a small, local audience (under 100 people). All abstracts will be held in confidence during the review and selection process, and only the session chair and general chair will have access to them.

All session chairs have the prerogative to recommend changes to the abstract in order to ensure it addresses the session theme, and to suggest editorial revisions to a paper in order to make it satisfy session guidelines. It is the responsibility of the session chairs to inform speakers of those guidelines, as well as of the general expectations for participation in the session and the annual conference. Session chairs reserve the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author has not complied with those guidelines.

Please Note: Each speaker is expected to fund his or her own travel and expenses to Glasgow, Scotland. SAH has a limited number of partial conference fellowships for which speakers may apply. However, SAH’s funding is not sufficient to support the expenses of all speakers. Each speaker and session chair must register and establish membership in SAH for the 2017 conference by August 31, 2016, and are required to pay the non-refundable conference registration fee to show their commitment.

View the call for papers and submit your abstract at

List of Sessions
‘A Narrow Place’: Architecture and the Scottish Diaspora
Architectural Ghosts
Architecture and Carbon
Architecture and Immigration in the Twentieth Century
Chinese Architecture and Gardens in a Global Context
City Models: Making and Remaking Urban Space
Colour and Light in Venetian Architecture
Culture, Leisure and the Post-War City: Renewal and Identity
Evidence and Narrative in Architectural History
Graduate Student Lightning Talks
Heritage and History in Sub-Saharan Africa
Landscape and Garden Exchanges between Scotland and America
Mass Housing ‘Elsewhere’
Medieval Vernacular Architecture
Mediterranean Cities in Transition
National, International: Counterculture as a Global Enterprise
Natural Disasters and the Rebuilding of Cities
On Style
Penetrable Walls: Architecture at the Edges of the Roman Empire
Piranesi at 300
Preserving and Repurposing Social Housing: Pitfalls and Promises
Publicly Postmodern: Government Agency and 1980s Architecture
Questions of Scale: Micro-architecture in the Global Middle Ages
Reading the Walls: From Tombstones to Public Screens
Reinserting Latin America in the History of Modernism: 1965–1990
Reopening the Open Plan
Rethinking Medieval Rome: Architecture and Urbanism
Spaces of Displacement
The Architecture of Ancient Spectacle
The Architecture of Coal and Other Energies
The Global and the Local in Vernacular Architecture Studies
The Politics of Memory, Territory, and Heritage in Iraq and Syria
The Tenement: Collective City Dwelling Before Modernism