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CFP: The US Chancery in London (SHAFR Lexington, 19-21 Jun 14)

Lexington, Kentucky, June 19 - 21, 2014

Deadline: Dec 1, 2013

Reconsidering the United States Chancery in London Panel at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference

Deadline for panel submission: December 1, 2013

In 2009, English Heritage recognized the United States Chancery in London (1955-60) as a building of special interest that merits “every effort to preserve it.” The move to classify Eero Saarinen’s controversial building on Grosvenor Square came in the wake of the U.S. Department of State’s announcement of a competition for a new facility. This year the closure of the Grosvenor Square embassy was assured when ground was broken for the new building in South London.

In recognition of one of the most important diplomatic buildings realized during the Cold War, this panel seeks papers that reconsider not only the chancery’s architecture, but also the public programs and activities (including exhibitions) held in it, and the diplomatic missions that were launched and pursued in it. The SHAFR conference offers an excellent opportunity to bring a variety of disciplinary approaches, among them the history of American Foreign Relations, and architectural and art history, to the building and its legacy.

Please contact Cammie McAtee (cammie.mcatee@gmail.com) if you are interested in participating in this panel.