Architectural History Workshop Call for Papers

March 21, 2020

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain


Saturday 21 March 2020

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL


The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) invites presentation proposals for

the Architectural History Workshop in 2020. This is our 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.


We welcome 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 we are 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. We invite 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)


We welcome 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

our 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