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SAH Chapter News April-May 2023

Below are the SAH regional chapter news updates received by the liaison during the months of April and May 2023.

LANDSCAPE HISTORY CHAPTERof the Society of Architectural Historians
With the SAH 2024 meeting in New Mexico, here is an image I took in 2022 at Bandalier National Monument, New Mexico

I am delighted to share that with collective work in action we have our website up and ready to be updated with your events, activities, books, and such… check it out at And send us landscape history images we might use to diversify the collection. 

SAH’s 2023 meeting was productive, generative, and enjoyed by many. Thank you to all who attended and contributed. And welcome to the new and remaining officers of our own chapter.

As always, please send announcements, inquiries, and any other materials you want included in our newsletter- you can send to

Best, Thaisa et al…
Director | Garden & Landscape Studies | Dumbarton Oaks | Trustees for Harvard University
Upcoming History Conferences:

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) September 20-24,2023, Jacksonville, FloridaAfrican Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings since our arrival upon these shores. These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction. During the 1950s and 1970s the United States was defined by actions such as sit-ins, boycotts, walk outs, strikes by Black people and white allies in the fight for justice against discrimination in all sectors of society from employment to education to housing. Black people have had to consistently push the United States to live up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. Black people also have sought ways to nurture and protect Black lives, and for autonomy of their physical and intellectual bodies through armed resistance, voluntary emigration, nonviolence, education, music, literature, sports, media, and legislation/politics.

Black-led institutions and affiliations have lobbied, litigated, legislated, protested, and achieved success. In an effort to live, maintain, and protect economic success Black people have organized/planned violent insurrections against those who enslaved them, or choose to self-liberate as seen by the actions those who left the plantation system. Black people established faith institutions to organize resistance efforts; and it was a space that inspired folk to participate in the movements and offered sanctuary during times of crisis.

This is a call to everyone, inside and outside the academy, to study the history of Black Americans’ responses to establish safe spaces, where Black life can be sustained, fortified, and respected.For more information about the 2023 Annual Meeting and Conference or to reserve your hotel for Jacksonville:

CGLHS Annual Conference 
OCTOBER 13-15, 2023
Ukiah, CA

Join us this fall to explore a sweet and little-known corner of southeastern Mendocino County. Nestled in between forested hills covered in a mix of oak woodlands and redwood forests, the rich valley floor is called Redwood Valley. Some of the largest redwood trees in the world are just west of town in Montgomery Woods State Preserve. Presentations and tours on Saturday, October 15, will take place at the Grace Hudson Museum in downtown Ukiah, and focus on local ethnography and history. Sunday will see us head into the Redwoods for a history and ecology tour with partners from State Parks. 

2023 Annual Meeting of the HIstorians of Eighteenth Century Art and Architecture
October 12-14, 2023
Boston, Cambridge, and Providence, USAOn the land of the Massachusett and neighboring Wampanoag and Nipmuc peoples, Boston developed in the eighteenth century as a major colonized and colonizing site. Its status today as a cultural and intellectual hub is shaped by that context, making it a critical location to trace the cultural legacies of racism and social injustice between the eighteenth century and today. For whom is “eighteenth-century art and architecture” a useful category? What eighteenth-century materials, spaces, and images offer tools or concepts for shaping our collective futures? In considering these questions, the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA) aim to be deliberate about expanding the group’s traditional focus on Western European art and architecture and specifically encourage proposals from scholars working on Asia, Africa and the African diaspora, Indigenous cultures, and the Islamic world. This conference marks our 30th year as a scholarly society dedicated to facilitating communication and collaboration among scholars of eighteenth-century art to expand and promote knowledge of all aspects of the period’s visual culture. ____________________________________ 

EAHN Thematic Conference 2023, Reykjavik: The Third Ecology.
Conference: 11-13 October 2023
For Information click here
The Third Ecology

The effects of the anthropogenic climate crisis has compelled a resurgence of scholarship about the often fraught relationship between the built and the natural environment. The connection between the building sector and the disruption on the physical systems of the planet are not merely coincidental but causal. Currently, global building activity produces nearly 40% of the world’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions, making architecture, broadly, one of the most polluting activities in human history. That a new “climatic turn” appears to be taking shape in architecture history is no surprise, but does the changing climate also require a new methodology forwriting architecture history? If historians now know that architecture is causing ecological harm, how should the field of architecture history respond? Seen through the lens of environmental justice, does the climate crisis impel architecture histories of environment to address decolonization and anti-racism?


Urban History Association (UHA), October 26-29, 2023, Pittsburgh, PAThe conference theme is “Reparations & the Right to the City”. It not only responds to increasing global calls for restorative justice and rights to the city for all, it also aims to set and reset the role and mission of Urban History at present and into the future as an intensely interdisciplinary and transnational enterprise focusing on all aspects of metropolitan, urban, and suburban history. Join upwards of 750 urban historians, writers, scholars, policymakers, urban planners, activists and journalists participating in approximately 100 panels, plenaries, roundtables, and tours during the four-day event. The conference will take place October 26-29, 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA, where the 1st UHA conference was held in 2002. The conference will be held at The Westin Pittsburgh in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district.____________________________________ 

American Historical Association (AHA), January 4-7, 2024, San Francisco, CA

American Society for Environmental Historians (ASEH), April 3-7,2024, Denver Colorado

Society of Architectural Historians 2024 Annual International Conference (SAH), APRIL 17–21, 2024,  ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Join the Society of Architectural Historians in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 17–21, 2024, for an immersive, in-person experience that includes paper sessions, events at off-site venues, and guided architecture tours in and around the city. Attendees can look forward to connecting with colleagues at social receptions, meeting publishers in the exhibit area, and conversing between sessions, all valued moments at the face-to-face conference.


Organization for American Historians, April 11-14,2024, New Orleans, LAThe current cascade of crises—viral, racial, economic, political, constitutional and environmental—shape and shadow our communities and our nation. History and historians have a role to play in addressing these crises; documenting, writing, amplifying, and mediating stories that can inform our moment and promote social justice.Join us in New Orleans, Louisiana or at the Virtual Conference Series in cooperation with NCPH, in 2024 as we honor and explore the ways in which individuals, communities, and historians work and learn together.____________________________________ 
Call for Nominations: SAHARA Associate Editor The Society of Architectural Historians seeks an associate editor for SAHARA, its digital archive of images of the global built environment. This is a volunteer position. SAHARA has been growing and evolving since 2010 and is unique in its model of member-contributed images and metadata. It currently has over 200,000 images in its Members Collection. This is an exciting time for the project as it migrates from the Artstor platform to JSTOR, where images will be available alongside articles and other print materials. SAHARA currently has two co-editors; in a new structure, the associate editor will serve alongside the two co-editors for 6–12 months, then step into the role of co-editor. At that time, a new associate editor will be recruited to ensure the overlap of incoming and outgoing editors and to provide adequate training. Deadline extended: Submit a nomination by June 8 at 5 pm CDT on June 8Learn More & Apply


AUTHORS ON ARCHITECTURE:Holter and Gee on The Driving ForceZoom PresentationSunday, June 4th, 1:00 PM PSTAuthor Stephen Gee and his co-author Darryl Holter for Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City, 1900-1930 (Angel City Press, 2023), a look at Los Angeles’ impact on the early automobile industry.Have a conflict for Sunday? But a ticket and we will send you a link to the recorded program you can watch at your leisure…Read more…Purchase $5 ticket!Photo: Ralph Hamlin Dealership. Courtesy of Stephen Gee..


Thank you, SAH/SCC Members!LUMMIS HOUSE TOUR and RECEPTIONSaturday, June 10th, 2023, 4-6PMIt has been a few years, but it is time to say thank you to our members and meet new friends with a tour of the Charles F. Lummis Residence in the Arroyo Seco. Members may attend this event for free, non-members pay just $10 for an afternoon of history, food, fun and fellowship.Read more/Reserve a space/Buy a ticket…Photo: Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.Read more

Subject: From Chicago Chapter of SAH

“Chicago Harbor Lighthouse–Past, Present and Future”

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor

5:00 Cash Bar

5:30 pm Dinner optional (call 312.922.8080 for reservations)

6:30 Program

Speakers; Kurt Lentsch & Edward Torrez

In celebration of Architectural Histories’ 10th anniversary, we are pleased to invite you to a special online panel organized around the discussion of editorial politics and Open Access as ways for scholarly publications to perform as agents of activism.

This activity is 100% online, free and open to scholarly audiences from different fields, backgrounds, and geographies. We particularly encourage emergent scholars to participate and pose their questions on Open Access and editorial activism.

Tuesday May 9th
10:00am ET time / 15:00 UK time / 16:00 CET time

Registration link:

Special guests:
Dr. Stephen Parnell – Newcastle University, joint Editor-in-Chief of the ARENA Journal of Architectural Research.
Dr. Allison Levy – Director for Brown University Digital Publications.
Dr. Rafico Ruiz – Associate Director of Research at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.

MArch. Nokubekezela Mchunu – Junior Fellow at Architectural Histories. PhD student University College Dublin.

Prof. Samantha L. Martin – Editor-in-Chief Architectural Histories. University College Dublin.
Dr. Manuel Saga Sánchez García – Associate Editor Architectural Histories. Dumbarton Oaks.

Kind regards.

Architectural Histories – Journal of the EAHN
Samantha L. Martin | Editor-in-Chief
Manuel ‘Saga’ Sánchez García | Associate Editor

Subject: Reminder from Chicago Chapter of SAH: Lecture on May 10th

Wednesday, May 10, 2023: 

Lecture by Emily Talen, entitled “The Scale of Urbanism”. Scale is an essential factor in urbanism, but there is no common understanding of what scale is or how it should be measured. Using historical Sanborn maps, Talen investigates scale change over time, focusing on a selection of 31 Chicago sites that are now “mega-developments” but were originally composed of small-scale buildings and blocks. The historical urban fabric had five times as many buildings, and a much higher percentage of buildings with mixed use. She quantifies the degree to which small scale urbanism is associated with higher pedestrian quality. Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago, where she teaches urban design and directs the Urbanism Lab. She holds a PhD in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Talen has written extensively on the topics of urban design, New Urbanism, and social equity. Please join us! Where: For both events, Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor, Chicago Illinois. Time: Cash bar opens at 4:30 pm; dinner available at 5:15 pm; all slide lectures start at 6:15 pm, free of charge.For optional dinner reservations and to reserve a spot, please call the club at 312-922-8080.  

Subject: Last Chance! Transforming the Irvine Ranch

LAST CHANCE FOR SUNDAY!Transforming the Irvine RanchZoom ProgramSunday, April 30th, 1:00 PM PSTLearn how the Mid-Century master planned community of Irvine, California came about. With the vision of some of Southern California’s pioneers and architect William Pereira, FAIA (1909-1985) a whole new community, anchored by a university, rose from the ranch lands.Read more…Purchase $5 ticket!
For those attending SAH this month- please note:

April 13, 2023
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Landscape History Chapter Annual Meeting
Montreal 6 Room
April 13, 2023
Landscape History Chapter Social Hour
Le Cathcart Biergarten
Subject: NESAH Reminder: Student Symposium 4/8
Reply-To: “President, NESAH” <>NESAH Student Symposium       Next Weekend!Hello Amanda,Our 44th Annual Student Symposium is only one week away! The hybrid event will take place on Saturday, April 8; we will meet in person at Yale University and virtually on Zoom.Please see the conference poster below or visit our website for the program and more details.To register to attend the symposium, please click the button below.For any questions about the symposium, please email hope to see you there!The NESAH BoardRegister for the Student Symposium