Call for Papers

Society of Architectural Historians
2025 Annual International Conference
April 30–May 4, 2025 in Atlanta, Georgia

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Conference Chair: Mohammad Gharipour, PhD, SAH President, University of Maryland

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 78th Annual International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, April 30–May 4, 2025. Please submit an abstract no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 5, 2024, to one of the 51 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the Open Sessions for the Atlanta conference. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; scholars in related fields; and members of SAH chapters, Affiliate Groups and partner organizations.

Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks (GSLT) are listed below. The session selection committee reviewed the submitted proposals and composed a program that represents a range of time periods and will be illustrative of wide regional distribution. If your research topic is not a good fit for one of the thematic sessions, please submit your abstract to the Open Sessions; Open Sessions are available for those whose research topic does not match any of the thematic sessions. Please note that those submitting papers for the Graduate Student Lightning Talks must be graduate students at the time the talk is being delivered (April 30– May 4, 2025). Instructions and deadlines for submitting to thematic sessions, GSLT and Open Sessions are the same.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Confirmed 2025 Session Chairs are not eligible to submit to the Call for Papers
  2. Abstracts must be under 300 words.
  3. The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
  4. Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
  5. Only one abstract per conference by an author or co-author may be submitted.
  6. A maximum of three (3) authors per abstract will be accepted. 
  7. Please attach a two-page CV in PDF format.

Abstracts are to be submitted online using the link below.  

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 Conference Chair will have access to them. 


All Session Chairs have the prerogative to recommend changes to the abstract 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 and Session Chair is expected to fund their own travel and expenses to Atlanta, Georgia. SAH has a limited number of conference fellowships for which Speakers and Session Chairs may apply. However, SAH’s funding is not sufficient to support the expenses of all Speakers and Session Chairs. Speakers and Session Chairs must register and establish membership in SAH for the 2025 conference by September 30, 2024 and are required to pay the non-refundable conference registration fee as a show of their commitment.

Atlanta Key Dates

June 5, 2024 Abstract submission deadline
August 1, 2024 Session Chairs complete notification to all persons who submitted abstract regarding status of submission.
August 14, 2024 Session chair and speaker registration opens
August 14, 2024 Annual Conference Fellowship applications open
September 30, 2024 Deadline for speaker and session chair registration (non-refundable) and membership in SAH
September 30, 2024 Deadline for conference fellowship applications
January 6, 2025 Speakers submit complete drafts of papers to session chairs
January 7, 2025 Early registration opens and you may now add events to your existing registration and/or sign up for tours via Eventbrite
February 10, 2025 Session chairs return papers with comments to speakers
April 4, 2025 Speakers complete any revisions and distribute copies of their paper to the session chair and the other session speakers
April 30-May 4, 2025 SAH 2025 Annual International Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
Hilton Atlanta