Call for Proposals: SAH CONNECTS Programs

by SAH News | Mar 08, 2021
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Please refer to the Call for Proposals webpage for current proposal requirements and submission instructions.


The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) presents year-round virtual programming through SAH CONNECTS, a series of workshops, roundtables, seminars, and discussions that focus on timely issues related to the history of the built environment. The Society invites individuals and those representing SAH Affiliate Groups, publications, programs, online educational resources, chapters, and partner organizations to submit a proposal for consideration for SAH CONNECTS.   

The purpose of SAH CONNECTS is to allow for virtual sharing of scholarship, professional development workshops, panel discussions, and other types of programs that will advance knowledge in the field of architectural history.  We welcome proposals from those who study every time period and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape, urban history, heritage studies, and aspects of social justice as related to architecture.

SAH membership is required to moderate an SAH CONNECTS program. You do not need to be a member to submit, but we ask all moderator(s) to join SAH upon selection. Panelists do not need to be SAH members.


  • The portal for SAH CONNECTS programs is always open; you may submit a proposal at any time. Applications will be reviewed the month after receipt of the submission.
  • Proposals will be evaluated quarterly. Applications will be reviewed within three months of receipt.
  • If you submit a proposal and it is accepted, please be flexible about the timing of the program. We will work with each accepted submitter to find the right date that fits the SAH calendar as well as those participants of the program.
  • The SAH Connects Programming and Advisory Committee is unable to accept the same proposal more than once in a one-year period.

What does the selected submitter commit to?

If your submission is selected, you are committed to moderating the program, recruiting panelists/speakers, writing program description, gathering bios and headshots from all panelists/speakers, and overseeing the format you have chosen; for example, if you do not wish to moderate the program, you are responsible for recruiting an appropriate person to do it.  

Submission Guidelines

Program submissions must include the following elements:

  1. A program title not longer than 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation
  2. Summary of the subject and the premise in no less than 200 words and no more than 500 words; list of proposed panelists; and suggested format for the event.
  3. 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.)
  4. A current CV (2 pages maximum)
  5. Same information in #3 and #4 for co-moderator, if applicable

Although the SAH membership is international, SAH CONNECTS programming is conducted in English. Therefore, all submissions must be submitted in English and, if accepted, conducted in English.

Only proposals submitted through the portal will be considered.


Proposals will be reviewed by the SAH CONNECTS Programming and Advisory Committee.

SAH CONNECTS General Information

  • All programs take place on the Zoom platform.
  • SAH CONNECTS programs are stand-alone events that must be no longer than 1.5 hours.
  • All programs will be recorded, and videos will made available to registrants and published to the SAH video library.
  • All program moderators/panelists will be asked to sign an image permission form
  • Registration is always free and open to the public.
  • SAH CONNECTS programs will not take place during the month of the SAH Annual International Conference and will not compete with post-conference events such as roundtables.

Additional Information

  • Preference will be given to programs that have the support of the SAH IDEAS Committee and SAH Affiliate Groups.
  • Preference will be given to topics that are related to current events and timely issues.
  • SAH CONNECTS programming should not mimic the form and content of a SAH conference paper session, but rather should employ formats such as discussions, panels, roundtables, and workshops.
  • SAH CONNECTS programs need a minimum of eight weeks of lead time for set-up, promotion, and implementation.

For more information, please contact SAH Director of Programs Christopher Kirbabas at

Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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