SAH Archipedia is an authoritative online encyclopedia of the built world published jointly by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press. With continuing NEH support, we are seeking authors to utilize this robust digital content and associated metadata to produce scholarship that will interpret the built environment of the United States—buildings, infrastructure, and landscapes—through thematic and place-based essays.
Scholars are invited to link new and existing building entries with interpretive essays that can examine a range of architectural issues: typological, stylistic, material, or monographic. The essays could also take some other cultural cross-section through SAH Archipedia, be it social, economic, political, or technological.
We also seek scholars to approach SAH Archipedia geographically and thematically, focusing on SAH Archipedia’s legacy content, derived from the oldest Buildings of the United States volumes (Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, Virginia, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia), in order to update existing building entries and add new ones. New interpretive essays might be typological, formal, or more broadly cultural, but might also zoom in on districts and locales that have changed radically in the past twenty years.
All methodological approaches are welcome as long as the interpretive strategies utilize SAH Archipedia’s framework of essays and linked building entries with metadata. Interested scholars should submit a proposal that includes a 500-word abstract outlining a thematic or place-based project and including a preliminary list of the SAH Archipedia content the project would update or expand. They should also submit a 2-page CV. All proposals will be reviewed by the SAH Archipedia Advisory Committee.
Submit proposals to Gabrielle Esperdy, Editor, SAH Archipedia, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Catherine Boland Erkkila, Project Editor, SAH Archipedia, at email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.