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Call for Papers for 2024 SESAH Conference

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting proposals for papers or sessions to be presented at the 2024 Conference to be held in Marietta, Georgia, from October 2-5, 2024. The paper sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4. Please submit paper and/or session proposals at by May 2, 2024. If you have any additional questions, please contact Mason Toms at 


The conference venue is Kennesaw State University College of Architecture at 1100 S. Hornet Drive, Marietta, Georgia. The conference hotel is the Marietta Hilton Hotel and Conference Center at 500 Powder Springs Street in Marietta; the conference room rate (single/double) is $189.00.  More details regarding hotel reservations will be provided. 


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 undergraduate and graduate students in these fields are also welcome. 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 Presenter/Moderator/early bird registration deadline of August 8, 2024. If accepted presenters have not registered by August 8, 2024, they will be removed from the schedule. Accepted presenters must also submit complete text of their papers to their session chair by September 5, 2024. SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters who do not register or submit a paper to their session chair by the stated deadlines. Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes maximum (approximately 2,300 to 2,500 words.) 

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

  1. The Built Environments of the Civil Rights Movement
  2. Collegiate Architecture and Campus Planning
  3. The Changing Landscapes of Post-War America
  4. Architectural Spaces of the Contested Past
  5. The Architecture and Landscapes of the Rural South


All proposals for papers and sessions should be submitted at If you are proposing a session, each speaker in the proposed session must submit an individual paper proposal. There are entry fields within the submission form to indicate whether or not you are proposing a session.  Similarly, there are fields to indicate if you are also applying for a Student Travel Grant or an Emerging Professionals Travel Grant. If you are applying for one of these, make sure to check the appropriate box. Within the “5 Keywords/Phrases” field, please include 5 single words or short phrases that best categorize your paper. These are used for organizational purposes. Please be sure to submit all paper or session proposals by 11:59 PM CST on May 2, 2024.


SESAH offers student travel grants and a travel grant for an emerging professional. All travel grants are for $1,000, and include a waived conference registration fee. Applicants need to fully complete the fields on the submission form in order to be applicable A guide for the necessary application materials can be found at The grants support the recipient’s presentation of a scholarly paper at the conference as well as full attendance in conference activities, including paper sessions, business meeting, and keynote address. The grant should be used to cover travel expenses, including transportation, food, lodging, and/or other costs related to attending the conference. All grant applicants must submit full drafts of their papers by July 14, 2024, in order to be considered for the grant. For more information on the travel grants, visit


Paper abstracts/Session proposals deadline: May 2, 2024 

Conference Travel Grant application deadline for students and emerging professionals: May 2, 2024 

Notification of acceptance of papers: June 1, 2024 

Conference Registration Opens: July 1, 2024 

Conference Travel Grant final paper submission deadline: July 14, 2024  

Notification of Travel Grant Awards: July 26, 2024 

Presenter/Moderator/Early Bird Conference Registration deadline: August 8, 2024

Submission of full papers to session chairs: September 5, 2024 

Conference paper sessions: October 3 & 4, 2024 

Study Tour: October 5, 2024 

If you have any questions, please contact Mason Toms and Mary Springer at