Submission deadline:

January 27, 2023

Constructing Coloniality: British Imperialism and the Built Environment

May 12-14, 2023
United Kingdom

SAHGB Annual Conference at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK 

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 May 2023


This three-day conference is hosted by The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) in collaboration with UCL and the London School of Architecture. It will focus on the coloniality of architecture and heritage in relation to the British Empire, from the early years of expansionism and the escalation of the slave trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through the physical and political force wielded in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the development of racial capitalism, to the subsequent and ongoing struggles for independence, freedom and justice.

Topics include:

  • Domestic environments
  • Urban environments, including streets, squares, and gardens
  • Factories and other sites of industrial production
  • Sites of assembly, leisure, and entertainment
  • Places of worship
  • Buildings for colonial administration
  • Infrastructure such as ports, waterways, and railways
  • Intercolonial networks and infrastructures
  • Experiences of colonial dispossession, displacement, and exclusion
  • Heritage sites and conservation

The conference organisers are Dr Eva Branscome (Bartlett School of Architecture) and Dr Neal Shasore (London School of Architecture), with advice from an International Academic Committee.

More information can be found here


Abstracts of 300-500 words are invited, to be submitted in the format of a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file. Please see the download for the full submission guidelines.
The organizers invite conventional paper proposals, but welcome other appropriate formats to our subject matter such as poster presentations, films etc.
Prospective contributors should submit titles and abstracts to by 27 January 2023.
Participation will be confirmed by 27 February 2023.

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