2020 SAHANZ Annual Conference Update

What if? What next? Speculations on History’s Futures

AMENDED DATES: November 18 to November 25, 2020

37th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

Hosted by the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, School of Design, the University of Western Australia and convened by Kate Hislop.

Owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on gatherings and travel, the SAHANZ 2020 conference dates and format will be amended. We are keen to hold the conference later this year, given the value in engaging in collective activity of this kind and to ‘mark the moment’ in a special way. The conference theme – Speculations on History’s Futures – is sufficiently flexible and appropriate to be adapted to our proposed changes. Who knew when we devised the theme and title for this Conference that ‘What Next’ would be so apt?

Amended Format

We are proposing a conference that will be ‘slow’ and ‘dispersed’. Truly taking advantage of the broad cross-section of the Society’s membership, it will continue to be convened by The University of Western Australia from Perth, but will incorporate a series of localised ‘satellite’ meetings in cities dispersed across Australia and New Zealand. The satellites will accommodate forums for physical and virtual Paper Presentations and Roundtables, clustered in thematic groupings. Conference delegates will be able to attend these forums either in person or by virtual means. Allowing for different time zones, the conference program will be structured to enable delegates to attend presentations and events in virtual mode at each of the satellite locations. To make this viable, the sessions will be spread across at least a week.

Regular events

Most of the regular conference events will proceed in accordance with the slow and dispersed format:

  • Opening and Closing events will be scheduled at a time to enable delegates to attend virtually;
  • Keynote speakers will most likely present virtually to a dispersed audience;
  • Tours of WA attractions may still occur for WA delegates and will be made available to all delegates in virtual or recorded form;
  • Proceedings will be published as normal and available early in 2021; and
  • The SAHANZ AGM will be scheduled at a time during or at the close of the conference. Society members will be invited to attend virtually.

Abstract amendments

While there is no expectation that abstracts be amended, we recognise that some proposers may wish to revise or reframe (or withdraw) abstracts based on the changes outlined above, or as a result of limited access to sources as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. We would also like to offer anyone who did not originally submit an abstract the opportunity to do so. We would be delighted to receive any further abstracts for papers that may contribute to the conference and its theme.

Revised and new abstracts will be accepted until 18 May 2020.

Please submit revised or new abstracts via sahanz2020-sdes@uwa.edu.au as per the original submission details on the website https://www.sahanz2020.com/formats.

Amended dates

Owing to the interruption of and delays incurred by the pandemic, all key dates for the conference will be extended. Taking into account the likely return to physical gatherings, though with probable ongoing restriction in travel, the conference will now be held 18-25 November.

  • Revised and new abstracts will be accepted until 18 May 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be emailed to proposers by 31 May 2020
  • Full papers will be due for review by 28 August 2020

Academic Committee

  • Kate Hislop (UWA, Convener)
  • Philip Goldswain (UWA)
  • Hannah Lewi (U.Melb)
  • Sarah McGann (Notre Dame, WA)
  • Bill Taylor (UWA)
  • John Ting (UC)
  • Peter Scriver (U.Adelaide)
  • Lee Stickells (U.Syd)
  • Nicole Sully (UQ)
  • Christopher Vernon (UWA)
  • Nigel Westbrook (UWA)


For further information about the conference please email: sahanz2020-sdes@uwa.edu.au

Conference website: www.sahanz2020.com
SAHANZ website: www.sahanz.net


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for its operating support.
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