CfP: Beyond the Academy: Architectural History in Heritage, Conservation, and Curating. London, 21 March 2020

Call for Papers: Beyond the Academy: Architectural History in Heritage, Conservation, and Curating. London, 21 March 2020

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) 2020 Architectural History Workshop
The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) invites presentation proposals for the Architectural History Workshop in 2020. This the SAHGB annual event for postgraduate students and early career professionals to share and develop their ideas; it aims to provide an informal and supportive space away from your own institution where you can discuss, debate, practice and enjoy the company of like-minded researchers and scholars working within the history of the built environment, broadly conceived.
The theme of this year’s Workshop is ‘Beyond the Academy: Architectural History in Heritage, Conservation, and Curating.’ Architectural history is practised in a number of fora: in academia,
heritage, museums and collections. Academic research and skills have uses beyond the academy and in a competitive and precarious job market, architectural historians need to be open to a wide set of potential career paths.
SAHGB welcomes doctoral students and early career professionals in architectural history, heritage, conservation, etc. The event is limited to postgraduate students (full-time or part-time) and early career professionals (those who have completed their postgraduate qualification within the last 5 years). Sessions will be structured to reflect the diversity of presentation styles needed for
contemporary practice in architectural history, rather than in themes. Break-out sessions will be facilitated by a panel of invited professionals and scholars to be announced in due course.
This year the SAHGB is encouraging scholars to present their research in ways that encourage discursive engagement. Research may be at any stage, from a proposal, final work as you write-up, postdoctoral reflections, or anything in-between. SAHGB invites participation in a number of presentation styles including:
• Object-based and/or single-image presentations
• Reports or heritage statements
• Methodological reflections
Proposals can be for either
• 10-minute presentations
• Conference posters (A3 sheet in a standard format)
SAHGB welcomes research on all periods and all places relating to the study of buildings, the built environment and associated histories that address a full range of methodological approaches to architectural history. All disciplinary approaches are welcome, including but by no means limited to:
• Architecture and Theory
• Urban History, Histories of Architectural Ecologies
• Art History, Material and Visual Culture
• History, Social and Cultural History
• Archaeology, Anthropology, Geography
• Heritage and Conservation of the Built Environment
Proposals should be no longer than 250 words, and indicate whether they are for posters or presentations. If you are interested in making a contribution, please complete the submission form on the SAHGB website at The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2019. The result of all applications will be communicated by Friday 1 February, with confirmation from the speakers requested by the second week of February. The Workshop will take place on Saturday 21 March at The Gallery, 70, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL. No funding is available and a contribution of £10 is requested from all attendees to cover costs (inclusive of all catering). For further information or clarification of any sort please contact the conference organizers at
This call for papers can be accessed and downloaded here.

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