Call for Sessions



Society of Architectural Historians 
2018 Annual International Conference 
St. Paul, Minnesota, April 18–22 

The submission portal has closed and SAH is no longer accepting session proposals.
The 2018 Call for Papers will open in April 2017.
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 17 at 5 pm CST

Conference Chair:
Sandy Isenstadt, SAH 1st Vice President, University of Delaware
Local Co-Chairs: Kristin Anderson, Augsburg College, and Katherine Solomonson, University of Minnesota

The Society of Architectural Historians will offer a total of 42 paper sessions at its 2018 Annual International Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters and partner organizations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the annual conference, non-members who wish to chair a session are required to join SAH at the time they submit a session proposal.

Since the principal purpose of the SAH annual conference is to inform attendees of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every time period 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 ambition and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. Sessions that embrace cross-cultural, transnational and/or non-Western topics are particularly welcome. In every case, the subject should be clearly defined in critical and historical terms.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to create a well-balanced program. Topics exploring the architecture of the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the greater region are encouraged.

Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted well before the deadline. Last-minute submissions that fail posting in the online portal or are sent in error via email cannot be considered. 

Submission Guidelines

Session proposals must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The submission portal will close automatically at this time, and no further proposals will be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee chaired by SAH 1st Vice President, Sandy Isenstadt, and the Co-Chairs of the SAH 2018 Annual International Conference.

Session proposals must include the following elements:
  • A session title not longer than 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation
  • Summary of the subject and the premise in no more than 500 words
  • Name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone, and email address (Please ensure that the information you are providing matches, if applicable, an existing SAH profile/membership account to avoid misdirecting communications. If it does not match what SAH has on file, please update your existing member profile to match your current information.)
  • A current CV (2 pages maximum)
Although the SAH membership is international, the annual conference is conducted in English. Therefore, all session proposals must be submitted in English and, if accepted, conducted in English.

SAH membership is required to submit. Join or renew your membership at

The submission portal is closed. Thank you!

Authors (maximum of 2) of accepted session proposals will be asked to draft a more concise call for papers of no more than 300 words. This will be posted online on April 4, 2017, and published in the April 2017 issue of the SAH Newsletter. For examples, see the 2016 Call for Papers (session descriptions begin on page 3).

To ensure broad participation in the SAH Annual International Conference, individuals are limited to the role of either a session chair OR a speaker. If you are selected as a session chair you may not submit a paper abstract to other sessions to be considered for speaking.

Each session chair and speaker is expected to fund his or her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference. A copy of the Session Chair and Speaker Agreement that includes deadlines and step-by-step processes will be distributed to both session chairs and speakers. Session chairs and speakers are required to pre-register for the conference in August 2017.


For more information, please contact SAH 1st Vice President and Conference Chair Sandy Isenstadt at or SAH Director of Programs Christopher Kirbabas at

SAH Board of Directors


Ken Tadashi Oshima 
University of Washington

1st Vice President
Sandy Isenstadt
University of Delaware

2nd Vice President
Victoria Young
University of St. Thomas

Kathryn O’Rourke
Trinity University
Michael J. Gibson
Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi, Gibson & Graver, LLP

Executive Director
Pauline Saliga


Christopher Drew Armstrong
University of Pittsburgh

Maristella Casciato
The Getty Research Institute

Luis M. Castañeda
Syracuse University

Edward Dimendberg
University of California, Irvine

Anat Geva
Texas A&M University

R. Scott Gill
University of Texas at Austin

Greg Hise
University of Nevada

Timothy Hyde
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aric Lasher
HBRA Architects

Jorge Otero-Pailos
Columbia University

David Rifkind
Florida International University

D. Fairchild Ruggles
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Arijit Sen
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Cynthia Weese
Weese Langley Weese Architects Ltd.

Claire Zimmerman
University of Michigan


Bryan Clark Green
Commonwealth Architects

Karen Kingsley
Buildings of the United States
Emerita, Tulane University

Jeffrey Klee
SAHARA Co-Editor
Colonial Williamsburg 

Patricia A. Morton
JSAH Editor
University of California - Riverside

Virginia Price
SAH Chapter Liason
Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians

Jacqueline Spafford
SAHARA Co-Editor
University of California, Santa Barbara 

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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