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Deadline: June 5 at 11:59 pm CDT
Conference Chair: Victoria Young, SAH 1st Vice President, University of St. Thomas
The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, April 24–28. Please submit an abstract no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 5, 2018, to one of the 35 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the Open Sessions. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; scholars in related fields; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.
Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks are listed below. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. If your research topic is not a good fit for one of the thematic sessions, please submit your abstract to the Open Sessions; two Open Sessions are available for those whose research topic does not match any of the thematic sessions. Please note that those submitting papers for the Graduate Student Lightning Talks must be graduate students at the time the talk is being delivered (April 24–28, 2019). Instructions and deadlines for submitting to thematic sessions and Open Sessions are the same.
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 interpretive, rather than descriptive in nature. Papers cannot have been previously published or presented in public except to a small, local audience (under 100 people). All abstracts will be held in confidence during the review and selection process, and only the session chair and conference chair will have access to them.
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 conference. Session chairs reserve the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author has not complied with those guidelines.
Please Note: Each speaker is expected to fund his or her own travel and expenses to Providence, RI. SAH has a limited number of conference fellowships for which speakers may apply. However, SAH’s funding is not sufficient to support the expenses of all speakers. Each speaker and session chair must register and establish membership in SAH for the 2019 conference by September 27, 2018, and is required to pay the non-refundable conference registration fee as a show of his or her commitment.
Special session organised by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain:
Fantasies of Aristocracy: England and the American Renaissance
In recognition of Europe’s unique contribution to Gilded Age American architecture, the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain is inviting papers that explore the trans-Atlantic influence on the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. The new American corporate and financial elite accumulated fortunes that matched and then exceeded Old World nobility. Republican discomfort about extreme wealth gave way to the ideological justifications of social Darwinism and fantasies of aristocracy. The art historian Bernard Berenson articulated a parallel between the “modern” sensibilities of this generation and the merchant princes of the Italian Renaissance. While the economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen marveled at the power of the “English exemplar” to overwhelm, for the superrich, even the most enticing opportunities for “conspicuous consumption,” Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman declared in The Decoration of Houses (1897) that Louis XIV was not just a style but the style. No surprise, then, that these years saw the re-creation of Italian palazzi, English country estates, and French châteaux.
The Gilded Age has received renewed attention in the expanding literature on the history of capitalism in the United States. Business and economic historians have shown how the period witnessed the emergence of the first truly national upper class in America. This session welcomes proposals which critique Gilded Age excess; which explore how architecture contributed to the expression of an upper-class culture and identity; which analyze its sources and investigate its European provenance; which consider the importance of connoisseurship in the choice of architectural style and interior decoration; which re-examine the idea of an American Renaissance; which identify the emergence of new building typologies; or which discuss the branding of elite architecture. This is an opportunity to revisit a neglected period in American architectural history with a critical perspective of class and power.
Session Chair: Horatio Joyce, University of Oxford
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