Call for Proposals: SAH Colloquium 2020

by SAH News | Feb 10, 2020

SAH Colloquium 2020: Hot Topics Unconference
Friday, May 1
3:00–5:10 p.m.
Room: South/West Room, 3rd Floor

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

Facilitator: Itohan Osayimwese, Brown University

SAH hosts an opportunity for the 2020 Annual International Conference in Seattle: an unconference session in which scholars at all levels can identify and discuss current and emerging questions in the study of the built environment. We seek to collectively gauge how SAH members are meeting current challenges to our field and to constructed environments and society more generally. We also seek to explore new avenues for architectural history in light of rapid change throughout the worlds of research and scholarship as well as the context in which research, scholarship, and pedagogy currently sit.

The session will take the format of an unconference. An unconference is a fluid event consisting of dialogue on topics generated by participants through the process of group interaction. The goal of an unconference is to enable meaningful and productive conversation outside the conventional framework of paper presentations.

Please propose a topic or question that you believe would inspire interesting group conversation. By proposing, you are committing to attending the session and introducing this topic or question in the form of a 5-minute lightning presentation. After the deadline, the topics will be grouped and the most frequent 2–3 themes selected and announced.

To take part in this initiative, please propose a topic on this Google Sheet [link removed at deadline] by March 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST. Final themes will be announced on March 4, 2020. Once the final themes have been selected, you will be asked to submit your CV to Christopher Kirbabas (, and to prepare your lightning presentation (presentations may include one (1) image). 

Victoria Young
SAH 1st Vice President and General Chair of Seattle Conference
University of St. Thomas

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.

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for its operating support.
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