Call for Papers: SAH 2023 Annual International Conference (deadline: June 7, 2022)

Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2023 Annual International Conference
April 12–16 in Montréal, Canada, September 20–22 Virtual

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The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 76th Annual International Conference in Montréal, Canada, April 12–16, 2023 and virtually September 20–22, 2023. Please submit an abstract no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 7, 2022, to one of the 31 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the four Open Sessions for the Montréal conference and 10 thematic sessions or the four Open Sessions for the Virtual conference. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; scholars in related fields; and members of SAH chapters, Affiliate Groups and partner organizations.

Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks (GSLT) 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; 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 12– 16, 2023). Instructions and deadlines for submitting to thematic sessions, GSLT and Open Sessions are the same.

List of Paper Sessions

(Anti-)architectures of Colonization During the Cold War (Virtual)
Administering Architecture: Actors, Processes, and Systems (Montréal)
Architectural Experiments in Decommodified Housing (Montréal)
Architecture and Interspecies Relations (Virtual)
Architecture and Modernization in North Africa (Montréal)
Beyond Housing: Transnational Programs and Speculative Developments (Montréal)
Beyond the Mall: Retail Landscapes of the Late Twentieth Century (Montréal)
Colonial Surveys (Virtual)
Designing While Black (Montréal)
Development Zones at Home and Abroad, 1800–Present (Montréal)
Extractive Entanglements in the Histories of Canadian Architecture (Montréal)
French Beaux-Arts Migrations to the Americas: Contexts and Issues (Montréal)
Graduate Student Lightning Talks (Montréal)
Implicit Choices and Appropriations: Architectural Software Histories (Virtual)
Invention and Inventory: Material Histories of Model-making (Montréal)
Lines of Property and Regimes of Ownership (Montréal)
Making Sacred Spaces in the Diaspora: Re-purposed Architecture (Virtual)
Material Religion Through the Sacred Interior (Montréal)
Modern Architecture Below the Mason-Dixon Line (Montréal)
Neo-Medievalism Studies: New Directions for Architectural Historians (Virtual)
Neuroscience for Architectural History (Montréal)
Night Scenes: For a Nocturnal History of Architecture (Montréal)
On Belonging: Architecture and Property Law (Virtual)
Open Session (4) (Montréal)
Open Session (4) (Virtual)
Paradoxes of Connectivity: Urban Infrastructure Corridors (Montréal)
Playfulness in Modern Architecture (Virtual)
Port of Call: The Indian Ocean’s Early Modern Landscapes and Heritage (Montréal)
Postcolonial Strategies for the History of Materials (Montréal)
Queering Spatial Histories: Intersectional Approaches (Montréal)
Reading Postcard Architecture Against the Grain (Montréal)
Reinventing Islamic Architecture in the 20th and 21st Centuries (Montréal)
Resisting White Consumerism: Alternative Spatial Practices in Midcentury America (Montréal)
Rewriting Architectural History Through Reparative Descriptions (Montréal)
Safe Spaces (Montréal)
Silent Collaborators: On Authorship in Architecture (Montréal)
The Architecture Competition as a Cultural Mechanism (Montréal)
The Philadelphia School Goes Abroad (Virtual)
The Unresolved Tensions of Mass Housing (Montréal)
Transactional Spaces: Currency in the Imperial Built Environment (Montréal)
Underworlds and the Architectural Imaginary (Montréal)
What is “shared”? Architectural Heritage in Conflict (Virtual)
Whose Garden is it Anyway? Design, Ownership, Territory, and Agency (Montréal)
Writing Alternative Histories of Disaster Relief: Architecture and Humanitarianism (Montréal)

Session présidée par Isabelle Gournay (membre associée AHTTEP/AUSser)

French Beaux-Arts Migrations to the Americas: Contexts and Issues (Montréal)

From Montreal to Santiago de Chile, the Western hemisphere has hosted French-born architects trained at the Paris Ecole des Beaux-Arts. A pioneer was Grandjean de Montigny: from 1816 to 1850, this Rome Prize winner helped Brazilian taste shift from Spanish Baroque to Classicism.  As designers, educators, planning consultants, professional and cultural stewards, several generations of Frenchmen helped shape Eurocentric societies; those leaving major brick-and-mortar traces are better remembered than consultants or collaborators, such as Maxime Roisin in Mexico and Quebec. In Latin America, French-born architects contributed to nation-building through legislative palaces and courthouses; their townhouses and theaters materialized the rise of a Francophile elite; their commercial structures eased processes of modernization in a global economy. In the United States, seeking Gallic talent focused on design instructors or deluxe draftsmen, recruited on the strength of their Ecole transcripts and comradeship.  Rather modest in numerical terms, this mosaic of migrations – accidental or strategic, temporary or permanent, successful adaptations or overambitious failures, marked by Gallic charm or arrogance – is greater than the sum of its parts and must be contextualized in terms of pro-French geopolitics, Beaux-Arts supply and local demand. Focusing on French citizens who passed the Ecole entrance examination before 1940 and experienced immersive expatriation, we seek thematic rather than monographic inquiries, comparative studies across countries and time periods, and approaches which move away from the “Beaux-Arts style” label and challenge the idea that no technical or social progressivism could be gained from studying in Paris.

Session Chair: Isabelle Gournay, University of Maryland

Citer ce billet
Pascal Fort (2022, 21 avril). Call for Papers: SAH 2023 Annual International Conference (deadline: June 7, 2022). Carnet de veille UMR AUSser. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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