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Call for Session Proposals - 2014 SAH Conference

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SAH is accepting session proposals for the 2014 SAH Conference in Austin, TX.

Society of Architectural Historians 67th Annual Conference Austin, TX
April 9-13, 2014

At its 2014 annual conference in Austin, Texas, the Society of Architectural Historians will offer six concurrent paper sessions, in six modules over two days, with a total of 36 paper sessions. If you have been interested in chairing a session at a SAH conference, this is an excellent time to submit a session proposal. Members of the Society, representatives of SAH Chapters, affiliated societies, partner organizations, graduate students, independent scholars and others who wish to chair a session in 2014 are asked to submit proposals via email by January 15, 2013, to Prof. Kenneth A. Breisch, General Chair of the SAH 67th Annual Conference,, and cc a copy to Kathy Sturm, Director of Programs, Society of Architectural Historians,  

As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the annual conference, non-members who wish to chair a session or deliver a paper will be required to join SAH and to pre-register for the conference in August 2013. SAH will offer a limited number of travel fellowships (with a value of up to $1000) for speakers participating in the annual conference; session chairs are not eligible for these awards. The deadline for applying for a fellowship will be in September 2013. Each session chair is expected sito fund his/her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference.

Since the principal purpose of the annual conference is to inform the conference attendees of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every period in the history of architecture and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged. Sessions may be theoretical, methodological, thematic, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist, or documentary in premise and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. In every case, the subject should be clearly defined in critical and historiographic terms, and should be substantiated by a distinct body of either established or emerging scholarship.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced program. Topics related to the location of the conference in Austin, such as Latin America (pre-Columbian, colonial, modern), the borderlands and nineteenth-century settlement and immigration patterns, post-war development of the Sun Belt and the challenges today of assessing mid-century-era buildings and places, or architecture and water are especially encouraged, as are pre-1800 topics or those dealing with non-Western traditions. Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted and their receipt confirmed well before the deadline. The General Chair cannot be responsible for last-minute submissions, electronic or otherwise, that fail to reach their destination.

Submit via email the following:

  • Proposals of no more than 500 words
  • A session title not longer than 65 characters including spaces
  • Summary of the subject and the premise
  • Your name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses
  • A current CV
  • The text of the proposal both in the body of the email and in an attached document
Please remember that each session chair is expected to fund his/her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference.

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Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to draft a more concise Call for Papers for their sessions of not more than 300 words. This will be published in the March 2013 SAH Newsletter.


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