Call for Papers

Society of Architectural Historians 66th Annual Conference

Buffalo, NY, April 10-14, 2013

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for papers for its 66th Annual Conference in Buffalo, NY, April 10-14, 2013. Abstracts of no more than 300 words are due on June 1st. There are themed sessions and open sessions for those whose research does not match any of the themed sessions. Those submitting to the open sessions will follow the same deadline and process as those submitting to a thematic session.

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 or 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. For details on how to submit an abstract visit the SAH website.

Please note: each speaker is expected to fund his or her own travel and expenses to Buffalo. SAH has a limited number of partial fellowships for which Annual Conference speakers may apply. However, SAH’s funding is not sufficient to support the expenses of all speakers. Please click here for information about SAH Annual Conference Fellowships. Each speaker and session chair will register and establish membership in SAH for 2013 by August 30th to show their commitment for the 2013 conference and pay a non-refundable fee equal to that of the conference registration fee.


June 1, 2012 – Deadline for submitting abstracts for papers to sessions

July 15, 2012 – Session chairs notify all persons submitting abstracts of the acceptance or rejection of their proposals

August 30, 2012 – Speakers and sessions chairs must be registered for conference (non refundable)

September 5, 2012 – Deadline for conference fellowship applications

February 7th, 2013 – Session chairs return papers with comments to speakers

March 1, 2013 – Speakers complete any revisions and distribute copies of their paper to the session chair and the other session speakers

Sessions (see the website for full details of each session).

1.’Americanizations’: Planning the Hemisphere at Midcentury

2. Archi-Pop

3. An Architect By Any Other Name? (Re)Contextualizing ‘Architects’

4. Architectural Archives and the Practice of History

5. Architecture and Improvement in Antebellum America

6. Architecture and the Body: Science and Culture

7. The Architecture of Industry

8. Between New York and Chicago: Buffalo in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

9. Building the Kingdom: Architecture for Religious Communities

10. The Circulation of Architecture

11. Conservation, Restoration, and Architectural History

12. Diasporic Architecture and the Politics of National Identity

13. Free-Standing Chapels in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

14. Function & Fantasy: The Aesthetics of Iron Architecture

15. The Idea and Building of a Town in the Early Modern Spanish World

16. Hue and Cry: Color in Contemporary Architecture

17. International Expositions: Exhibiting “Détente,” Exposing Tension

18. Modern Architecture and the Book

19. Modes of Perception for Early Modern Architecture

20. Perception and Experience in the Italian Garden, 1500-1750

21. Plastics and Architecture: Materials, Construction, and Design

22. The Politics of the Past in Modern Asian Architecture

23. Postwar Architecture and the Diplomacy of Furniture

24. Post-Modernism Revisited – The Presence of the Recent Past

25. The Racial Discourses of Architectural Historiography

26. Reevaluating Midcentury ‘Chaoticism’

27. Shifting the Historiography of the Near East: Re-Interpreting the Past

28. Single Rooms

29. Transnational Architecture Practice in Africa and Asia, 1960s-1980s