SESAH Lynchburg: Annual Conference

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Call for Papers
March 31, 2017
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Urban Design and Planning

In 2017, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will gather in Lynchburg, Virginia, for our annual conference, October 11-14.

The conference program of plenaries, papers, and tours is set against a backdrop of seasonal color in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and within a vibrant architectural landscape rising on the city’s hills. The buildings of Lynchburg represent every architectural style from Federal to mid-century Modern, and every historical period from the colonial era through the Civil War to contemporary times. There are four historic districts in downtown alone, and a fifth listed for the importance of those who lived there, notably Harlem Renaissance poet and activist Anne Spencer.

The historic Virginian Hotel, undergoing renovation and opening this summer, will be the venue for the paper sessions and addresses. A signature event of the conference will be a private tour and dinner at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Conference attendees may select accommodations from blocks of reserved rooms in three downtown hotels, including The Virginian.  Accommodations must be booked by early September. For more information, visit  

The 2017 SESAH conference invites new perspectives on the architecture of Virginia and its preservation. Potential themes of interest include the influence of Jeffersonian design and that of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as the expression of race, religion, and retreats in architecture. Others are Modernism and period-revivals; natural and designed spaces including sanatoriums, amphitheaters, parks, and cemeteries; agricultural and industrial complexes; historically black colleges and universities; heritage tourism, urban renewal, and gentrification; city and regional planning; and more. 

Papers on any architectural history topic are welcomed.  Proposals for themed sessions are encouraged. Paper presentations are 20 minutes maximum accompanied by digital slides.  Submit a paper and come be a part of the collegiality and conviviality that distinguish SESAH gatherings! 

Submissions and Deadlines

Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s name, professional affiliation, contact information, a brief CV, and the title of the proposed paper. Proposals for session panels must include the title of the session; the names, affiliations, contact information, and CVs of all participants; and abstracts of each paper. Please send all materials as PDF or MS Word attachments to Virginia Price, by March 31, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 1, 2017.  All accepted presenters and conference chairs must join SESAH and register for the conference by the early registration deadline.  Authors of accepted proposals must also submit the complete text of their papers to their session chair by August 31, 2017; SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters who do not fulfill this requirement.

Conference Fellowships for Graduate Students and Emerging Professionals

SESAH offers up to three travel grants to help graduate students attend the meeting to deliver papers and one for an emerging professional employed in a federal, state, or local historic preservation office.

Please note the applications are due with the Call for Papers.

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