IAS at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Each year, the IAS seeks ideas for a sponsored session at the annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). This conference is geared for architectural historians, art historians, architects, preservationists, landscape architects, urban planners, nonprofits, and civic leaders. IAS sponsorship favors—but does not guarantee—inclusion in the SAH program. Members interested in putting together a panel on any topic of Italian architecture should send a brief abstract (500 words max), session title, a short list of potential or desired speakers (they need not be confirmed), the name of the chair(s) with email addresses and affiliation, and a one-page CV to the IAS Program Committee Chair. The annual deadline is December 1. See our submission guidelines for eligibility requirements and instructions to propose a session for IAS at SAH.
70th Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 7-11 June 2017
The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, 7–11 June 2017. Meeting in Glasgow reflects the increasingly international focus of the Society and its conference, and we hope SAH members from all over the world will join us in Scotland’s largest city, world-renowned for its outstanding architectural heritage. This is the first time that SAH has met outside North America since 1973, when it planned a joint meeting in Cambridge with the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
The IAS is sponsoring the session “Rethinking Medieval Rome: Architecture and Urbanism” at the 2017 IAS, organized by Marius B. Hauknes (Johns Hopkins University) and Alison Locke Perchuk (California State University Channel Islands). Read abstract
Possible topics and perspectives include but are not limited to:
- Questions of reception and sensory experience; the cultural and social perspectives of historical observers, the phenomenology of architecture; and virtual and imaginary experiences of medieval Rome’s urban forms.
- Problems of space and place, including scholarly conceptualizations of space versus medieval understandings of space; typologies of interior and exterior spaces.
- Iconography of architecture and questions of copying; architecture as relic or icon; urban spaces as replications of sacred landscapes; medieval ideas about the age and origins of buildings; the concept of “building in time” and the temporality of building practices.
- Questions of mobility and the effects of trans-regional exchange on Roman building practices; the problem of Romanesque and Gothic in medieval Rome; the place of Rome within artistic, cultural, and commercial networks; the influence of medieval Roman architecture and the re-creation of romanitas
- Eco-critical, environmental, and material perspectives; the physicality of built and natural environments, expressions of physical and spiritual topographies, and the relationship between matter and meaning in architectural and religious practices.
Previously overlooked works of architecture; new knowledge and insights provided by other disciplines and fields; comparative analyses, and re-assessments of the historiographic lives of architects, builders and monuments. More information.
The 71st annual SAH Conference will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 18-22 April 2018. More information.
Presenters at SAH may be eligible for an IAS Travel Grant. Graduate students and scholars within six years of receipt of the PhD who do not hold a tenured position may apply, even if the paper is not presented in an IAS-sponsored session. Deadline 1 November.