The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) is now accepting proposals for papers or sessions to be presented at the 2023 SESAH Conference to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, from September 27-30. The paper sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 28 and 29. Please submit paper and/or session proposals via email at by May 4, 2023.


The conference venue is the DoubleTree Hotel at 424 West Markham Street in downtown Little Rock; the conference room rate (single/double) is $149.00. More details regarding hotel reservations will be provided once registration is launched in early July.


We encourage submissions from: architectural, landscape, preservation, and urban historians; independent scholars and 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 South or the SESAH member states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). 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 3, 2023. If accepted presenters have not registered by August 3, 2023, they will be removed from the schedule. Accepted presenters must also submit complete text of their papers to their session chairs by August 24, 2023. SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters from the schedule 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 to and include the following information in a single document (in Word or PDF format):

  1. Applicant’s first and last name
  2. Applicant’s preferred email address and phone number
  3. Applicant’s professional association (university, agency, company, independent, etc.).
  4. Title of the proposed paper
  5. An abstract of no more than 300 words
  6. Five keywords for the proposed paper
  7. A short bio-sketch of no more than 250 words (to be read to introduce the presenter in their session)
  8. A CV or resume
  9. If this paper is part of a session proposal, it will also need to include the title of the proposed session.
  10. If you are requesting a travel grant, include materials required below as part of your travel grant request (see instructions here).

If you are proposing a session, each speaker in the proposed session must submit an individual paper proposal containing the name of the proposed session. Please be sure to submit all paper or session proposals to by 11:59 PM on May 4, 2023.


SESAH offers two student conference travel grants and one conference travel grant for an emerging professional. All travel grants are for $1,000 and include a waived conference registration fee (study tour excluded). Applications need to be clearly identified in the subject line of the email you send with your proposal and are due as part of your proposal outlined above. 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/awards ceremony, 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 have papers accepted for the conference and submit full drafts of their papers by July 14, 2023, in order to be considered for the grant. Applicants will be notified of grant awards by July 26, 2023. Grant funding will be awarded in person at the conference. For more information on how to apply for conference travel grants, visit 


Paper abstracts/Session proposals deadline: May 4, 2023

Conference Travel Grant application deadline: May 4, 2023

Notification of acceptance of papers: June 1, 2023

Conference Registration Opens: July 6, 2023

Conference Travel Grant final paper submission deadline: July 14, 2023

Notification of Travel Grant Awards: July 26, 2023

Presenter/Moderator/Early Bird Conference Registration deadline: August 3, 2023

Submission of full papers to session chairs: August 24, 2023

Conference paper sessions/business meeting/keynote: September 28 and 29, 2023

Study Tour (optional): September 30, 2023

If you have any questions, please contact Papers Committee Chair Mason Toms and Deputy Chair Mary Springer at