Society of Architectural Historians
2021 Annual International Conference
April 14–18 in Montréal, Canada
Conference Chair: Patricia A. Morton, SAH 1st Vice President Elect, University of California, Riverside
Local Co-Chairs: Annmarie Adams, McGill University, and Martin Bressani, McGill University
The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 74th Annual International Conference in Montréal, Canada, April 14–18, 2021. Please submit an abstract no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 3, 2020, to one of the 33 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the Open Sessions. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; scholars in related fields; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.
Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks are listed below. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. If your research topic is not a good fit for one of the thematic sessions, please submit your abstract to the Open Sessions; two 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 14–18, 2021). Instructions and deadlines for submitting to thematic sessions and Open Sessions are the same.
- Abstracts must be under 300 words.
- The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
- Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
- Only one abstract per conference by an author or co-author may be submitted.
- A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted.
- 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 in order 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 Montréal, Canada. SAH has a limited number of Annual 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 2021 conference by September 30, 2020,and are required to pay the non-refundable conference registration fee as a show of their commitment.
June 3, 2020 – Abstract submission deadline
July 10, 2020 – Session chairs notify all persons submitting abstracts of the acceptance or rejection of their proposals
August 13, 2020 – Session chair and speaker registration opens
August 13, 2020 – Annual Conference Fellowship applications open for speakers and session chairs
September 30, 2020 – Deadline for speaker and session chair registration (non-refundable) and membership in SAH
September 30, 2020 – Deadline for Annual Conference Fellowship applications
January 5, 2021 – Early registration opens and you may now add tours and events to your existing registration
January 6, 2021 – Speakers submit complete drafts of papers to session chairs
February 10, 2021 – Session chairs return papers with comments to speakers
March 3, 2021 – Speakers complete revisions and distribute copies of their paper to the session chair and the other session speakers
List of Paper Sessions
Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968
Architectural and Urban History of the South Caucasus
Architecture of Extraction in the Atlantic World
Architecture of Spanish Italy
Building Non-Alignment: Neutralism and the Global South, 1950-80s
Chinoiserie: Imagining Self and Other in Architectural Culture
Coastal Landscapes and Politics of Leisure in the Global Sunbelt
Collecting the Uncollectable: Architecture in the Museum
Designed Landscapes through Time
Designing the Global Countryside
Diasporic Architectural Histories
Early Modern Production and Conversion of Architectural Knowledge
Earthly Desires: Ecofeminism and Spatial Histories
Emotions in Nineteenth-Century Architecture
Energy and Architecture: A History and Pedagogy for Our Times
Framing Questions and Stories on Archives of the Global South
Graduate Student Lightning Talks
Habitat 67 and Post-War Architecture
Identity, Memory, Values and Adaptive Reuse in Latin America
Labor and Landscape
Markets and Migration: Ethnic Spaces in the Urban Landscape
New Material Histories of Architecture
No Small Acts: Spatial Histories of Imprisonment and Resistance
Open Session (2)
Port Cities and Landscapes of the Sea
=> Revisiting Pilgrimage Spaces in the Middle Ages (he session welcomes papers on subjects from Latin, Byzantine, and Islamic contexts.)
The 60s: Canada Thinks Small?
The Architecture Exhibition as Cross-Cultural Contact Zone
The Didactics of the North American Model Home
The Establishment of a Field: Architectural Education in MENA
The Global Gothic
Transnational Histories of Architecture and Racial Violence
Utopias of the Self
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