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Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians
2013 Conference, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
September 25-28, 2013

The SESAH 2013 conference in Charlotte offers its participants a chance to engage in the critical exploration of the architecture and urbanism of the 1950s and 1960s as well as their historiographies. Papers are particularly encouraged that address the following questions:

  • What new historical paradigms or methodologies enable us to look at midcentury modernism with new eyes?
  • How does the material or archival record of midcentury modernism challenge our interpretation of canonical histories of the period?
  • How does the mid-century modern architecture of the American South fit within wider national and global trends?
  • How did the architecture of this era align with or transcend the era’s racial debates?
  • How do the guiding principles and design sensibilities of typologies as diverse as the suburban ranch house and urban renewal civic projects reflect the sprit of the era?
  • How were these projects mediated?
  • How have interpretations of midcentury modern architecture and urbanism and their place in the history of modernism evolved over the past fifty years?
  • What special challenges face preservationists who seek to protect and conserve the heritage of mid-century architecture?

In addition to seeking papers that address these topics we also welcome papers that address other aspects of architectural history, without geographic or temporal restriction. The conference committee is well aware of rich diversity of scholarship in the southeast and the way this annual conference always highlights this range. We also encourage graduate students to submit abstracts for consideration as this conference offers a unique regional venue to present and receive feedback on work-in-progress, to meet other graduate students, and to meet scholars working in the southeast.

This year the conference call-for-papers also includes a call-for-panels. We welcome proposals for panels that address the topic of mid-century modernism or any aspect of architectural and urban history. Please note that panel proposals are due earlier than individual paper proposals. 

Please submit abstracts for proposed 20-minute papers through our online system, which can be accessed at the Submit a Proposal link. The online form will request a brief biography, paper title, and a 300-500-word abstract.

Paper abstract submissions are due by June 1, 2013.