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SAH 2016 : Call for Sessions - Society of Architectural Historians 69th Annual International Conference


When Apr 6, 2016 - Apr 10, 2016
Where Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA
Submission Deadline Jan 16, 2015
Categories    architecture   art history   architectural history   preservation

Call For Papers

At its 2016 Annual International Conference in Pasadena/Los Angeles, SAH will offer a total of 36 paper sessions. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters and partner organizations, as well as future members to chair a session at the conference.

Since the principal purpose of the Annual International Conference is to inform the conference attendees of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every period in the history of architecture and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged.

Sessions may be theoretical, methodological, thematic, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist or documentary in premise and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. Sessions that embrace cross-cultural, trans-national and/or non-Western topics are particularly welcome. In every case, the subject should be clearly defined in critical and historiographical terms, and should be substantiated by a distinct body of either established or emerging scholarship.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced program. Topics exploring the architecture of Pasadena/Los Angeles and Southern California are encouraged. As Los Angeles serves as a global/local transportation hub, SAH also encourages international scholars to submit session proposals.

Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted and their receipt confirmed well before the deadline. The Conference Co-Chair cannot be responsible for last-minute submissions that fail posting in the online portal.

Submission Guidelines:

Session proposals are to be submitted online by 5:00 pm CST, January 16, 2015. The portal will close automatically at this time. Proposals will be reviewed by Prof. Ken Tadashi Oshima, SAH 1st Vice President and Conference Co-Chair of the SAH 69th Annual International Conference.

Prospective chairs must include the following in their proposal:

- A session title not longer than 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation

- Summary of the subject and the premise in no more than 500 words

- Your name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, email addresses

- A current CV – limited to 1 page.

Submit your proposal at
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Proposals must be submitted through the online portal to be considered.

Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to draft a more concise Call for Papers for their session (no more than 300 words). This will be published in the April 2015 SAH Newsletter. For examples, see the 2015 Conference Program & Paper Sessions at

As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the Annual International Conference, non-members who wish to chair a session or deliver a paper will be required to join SAH and to pre-register for the conference in August 2015.

Each session chair is expected to fund his/her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference. A copy of the Session Chair Guidelines that includes deadlines and step-by-step processes will be distributed to selected session chairs.

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