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SESAH 2019 Call for Papers and Sessions UPDATED

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for the 2019 Annual Conference, to be held in downtown Greenville, SC, October 10–12, and co-hosted by Clemson University School of Architecture. Please submit abstracts to conference co-chairs Dr. Peter Laurence ( and Dr. Andreea Mihalache ( by May 1, 2019 (updated deadline).

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING HOTEL BOOKINGS: Saturday, October 12 is a Clemson football home game. Although all conference events will be in Greenville, approximately 30 miles from the campus, we recommend booking hotel reservations as early as possible.

CONFERENCE VENUE: Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 North Main Street, Greenville SC 29601 (864) 235-1234. The Hyatt Regency is approximately 12 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP).
To make your reservations, please click here. If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

PAPER AND SESSION PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS: We encourage submissions from architectural, landscape, preservation, and urban historians; independent scholars; architects; architectural theorists; museum curators; and other scholars in related fields. Submissions from graduate students in these fields are also welcomed. Participants need not work in, reside in, or focus their research within the Southeast or the twelve-state SESAH region. However, all accepted presenters and session chairs must join SESAH and register for the conference by the early registration deadline. Accepted presenters must also submit the complete text of their papers to their session chair by Sept. 1. SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters who do not fulfill submission requirements. Paper presentations are 20 minutes maximum (approximately 2,300 to 2,500 words).

Papers on any architectural history topic and session theme are welcomed. In addition, we invite submissions addressing the following themes:

  • Native American Landscapes of the South
  • African American Landscapes of the South
  • Women Designers of the South
  • The Modern South
  • Architecture (and Air Conditioning) in the Global South
  • The History and Legacy of Heritage Acts
  • Critical Regionalism Today
  • Architectural History (and Pedagogy) Today
  • Architectural Theory (and Pedagogy) Today
  • Preservation Theory (and Pedagogy) Today
  • The Changing South/Changing the South
  • Grad Student Lightning (5-min) Talks

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Abstracts (in MS Word format) of no more than 300 words must include the applicant’s name, professional affiliation, contact information, title of the proposed paper, and 5 keywords; a CV must be attached or included (in Word or PDF format). Proposals for sessions must include the title of the session; names, affiliations, contact information, and CVs for participants; and abstracts (as Word docs) of each paper. Please email documents to Dr. Peter Laurence ( and Dr. Andreea Mihalache ( with the subject line “SESAH 2019” by May 1, 2019.

CONFERENCE FELLOWSHIPS: SESAH offers up to three travel grants for graduate students and one travel grant for emerging professionals. Applications are due with the abstract. Please see for applications, under the Awards tab.

Paper and Session abstracts/proposals deadline May 1, 2019
Conference Fellowship application deadline April 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance June 1, 2019
Registration opens July 1, 2019
Submission of full papers to session chairs September 1, 2019
Early Conference Registration deadline September 1, 2019
Conference paper sessions October 10–11, 2019
Local Tours October 12, 2019