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 citys 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 Jeffersons 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.
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. See www.sesah.org for how to submit a paper proposal. The Call for Papers deadline is March 31, 2017.
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.
Applications are available here: