Call for Papers

Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference

Detroit, 2012

Members and friends of the Society of Architectural Historians are invited to submit abstracts by 1 June 2011, for the thematic sessions listed below. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted online. Only one abstract per author or co-author may be submitted. Please do not send your abstract to the session chair’s email address as this may delay the review of your abstract or possibly void your submission.

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 interpretative rather than descriptive in nature. Papers cannot have been previously published, nor presented in public except to a small, local audience. All abstracts will be held in confidence during the review and selection process and only the session chair and General Chair will have access to them. In addition to the thematic sessions listed below, five open sessions are announced. With the author’s approval, thematic session chairs may choose to recommend for inclusion in an open session an abstract that was submitted to, but does not fit into, a thematic session.

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 meeting.

June 1, 2011 – Deadline for submitting abstracts to sessions. (For a full timetable see the website.)

List of conference sessions below. For full detail visit the website.

1. African Architecture as Muse.

2. Albert Kahn, Fordism and their Legacies.

3. Architectural Ecologies: A Relational History of Architecture.

4. Architecture 1500: The End of Gothic.

5. The Architecture of the American Building Industry, 1945-Present.

6. Architecture’s Nocturnes.

7. The Architecture of Austerity: Between Crisis and Possibility.

8. Buildings and Objects: Baroque, Rococo and Beyond.

9. City Air.

10. Contested Modernisms: Politics, Theory, and Design.

11. The Cultural Landscape of Education in Modern Japan.

12. Design Reform in the Great Lakes: Usefulness and Beauty.

13. Drawing in the Design Professions, 1500 to 1900.

14. Everyday China: Domestic Space and the Making of Modern Identity.

15. From Idea to Building; Ancient and Medieval Architectural Process.

16. Frontiers: Topographies of Surveillance and Flows.

17. Global History as a Model for Architectural History.

18. Institutions and Their Architecture in the 17th century.

19. Landscape Architecture and Economics.

20. Medieval Structures in Early Modern Palaces.

21. Modern Latin American Architectural History Today.

22. Not the Jesuits: ‘Other’ Counter-Reformational Architecture.

23. Privileged Situations: Cities and Topography in Roman Asia Minor.

24. Radical Marble

25. Remembering George A. Kubler.

26. Rethinking Architecture in the Age of Printing.

27. Sacred Precincts: Non-Muslim Sites in Islamic Societies.

28. Shrinking Cities.

29. Systems and the South.

30. Open Sessions