SAHANZ Panel at EAHN Annual Meeting

Historiography, Get It Right

Dr. Macarena de la Vega (University of Melbourne and Prof. Gevork Hartoonian (University of Canberra) invite you to join “Historiography ,Get It Right,” the SAHANZ-sponsored panel they are hosting, as part of the 7th International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network in Madrid. The panel will run from 11:30pm until 2:00am (AEST) on Thursday, June 16th.

Papers to be presented include:

  • No (More) History: Reassessing Priorities in Today’s Architectural Historiography – Carmen Popescu
  • Towards Non-Eurocentric Historiographies: Challenging Europe’s Position in the Formation of Architectural Histories – Marianna Charitonidou
  • Latin American Architecture as the Architecture of Resistance – Patricio del Real
  • Comparative Histories of Architecture: History, Architecture, or Idealism? – Pedro P. Palazzo
  • History Curated. Architecture Museums – Custodians of the Past, Critics of the Present? – Christina Pech
  • Variety, Contingency, Modernity in Architectural History – Pollyanna Rhee
  • Polished Fascism: Histories of the Architectural Right for Historiography to Go Left – María González Pendas
  • Women, Gender, and Architectural History – Mary McLeod

More information about the EAHN Annual Meeting, including on registration, can be found here.

CFP: Writing Alternative Histories of Disaster Relief: Architecture and Humanitarianism

CFP:  Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 76th Annual International Conference in Montréal, Canada, April 12–16, 2023. 

Submission Deadline
June 7, 2022

The architectural discourse on disaster relief has always been entangled with humanitarianism, but architectural humanitarianism is an imprecise concept that resides in the linkages between architecture and the two kinds of aid, humanitarian aid and development aid. The epistemological perceptions and the theoretical distinctions between these two kinds of aid became blurred with development aid supported by the 1947 Marshall Plan and the institutionalization of humanitarian aid with the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the founding of different United Nations (UN) bodies. This session is a call to rethink the architectural discourse on disaster relief from the inception of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863 to the present, taking the perspective of the entanglement between architecture, humanitarianism, and disaster relief. The session sets out to correct the canonical histories of disaster relief that are largely dominated by the narratives of UN interventions, instead exploring the collaboration between architects and humanitarian organizations, such as the League of Red Cross Societies (LRCS), the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), whose contributions have largely been overshadowed by the UN. The session aims to improve understanding of how these “forgotten” agencies approach disaster relief differently and, in the articulation of their approach, rely on spatial typologies designed by architects. Scholars are invited to scrutinize the various roles of architects in disaster relief over time—as imperial commissioners, state professionals, and humanitarian developers—and elucidate the way differences in mandate have impacted architectural ideologies and their main conceptions. By tracing how the notion of “disaster relief” has changed in the contexts of imperialism, colonialism, postcolonialism, and neoliberalism, this session will demonstrate how the ideas of racism, citizenship, and class are fundamental to discussing architectural “aid” typologies and the everyday built environment in disaster zones.

This session is organized by Dr. Cathelijne Nuijsink (ETH Zürich) and Dr. Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat (Tel Aviv University) for the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 76th Annual International Conference in Montréal, Canada, April 12–16, 2023. Please submit an abstract ( < 300 words) no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 7, 2022 through the Society of Architectural Historians website:

Applications for David Saunders Founder’s Grant Now Open

David Saunders

SAHANZ annually offers The David Saunders Founder’s Grant in memory of the founder of the Society, to support research by emerging researchers in the disciplines of architectural history and theory. Applications can be made to apply for funds to assist in field-work, archival assistance, printing and reproduction costs in preparation for publication. The award cannot be used to fund conference travel or registration. The Grant amount is AUD $3000. The deadline for applications is 29 June 2022. Click here for more information and the application form.

Para-colonial – Colonial – Post-colonial: Influences and Transactions in the Architecture of Oceania

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Call for Papers:

Para-colonial – Colonial – Post-colonial: Influences and Transactions in the Architecture of Oceania (1840–1990)

Joint symposium convened by Christoph Schnoor (Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand) and Michael Falser (Technical University, Munich, Germany) 

The beginning of global contact with the South Pacific is often automatically associated with the first explorative travels of James Cook in the 18th century. However, it was the late 19th century which culminated in a complex process of multinational developments, backwards and forwards, battles even. Imperialist interests already dated back many centuries, but in realising the trading potentials in this part of the world, the major colonising powers – such as Great Britain, France, USA, the German Reich and others – occupied and took ‘possession’ of island countries in the Pacific during the latter part of the 19th century. This development reached its first peak around and after 1900. However, before this direct colonial impact, trading firms and missionaries had already caused a first – ‘para-colonial’ – wave (indirect, not yet official colonial), introducing and implementing foreign concepts and customs. This dynamic process of constant negotiations and change of power continued well into the first half of the 20th century: in the context and aftermath of the First World War, countries neighbouring the Pacific from the west, east and south – like the USA and Japan to Australia and New Zealand – took over Mandated Territories from collapsing German colonies in the region, but at the same time acted themselves as de-facto colonisers in the concerned island countries from the Marianne Islands to Papua-New Guinea all the way to Samoa. Today, the impact of these 100 years of para-colonial, colonial and postcolonial experiences of more than a century is still widely felt. The recent apology for the dawn raids of the 1970s offered by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reflects this.

Knowledge on colonial architecture in the South Pacific is still sparse. Connections with pre- colonial settings and the post-colonial afterlife of this built legacy are often missing. In this sense, this call for papers particularly welcomes contributions within the targeted time span c. 1840– 1990, embedded in the larger South Pacific region. These contributions would attempt to link their concrete architectural case studies of buildings, ensembles and urbanist projects with reflections on the influences of and transactions between locals and foreigners, colonials and colonised, and their changing allegiances, even across changing political powers.

Contributions to the symposium will be published in form of conference proceedings or as a peer-reviewed themed volume.

Additional information can be found in the full call for papers, which can be downloaded below.

Please submit your abstracts no later than 10 January 2022 via email to conference email:

CFP_Architecture of Oceania (1840-1990),  Auckland-NZ  29 June – 1 July 2022

2020 SAHANZ Conference

The next annual conference will be held in Perth and hosted by the University of Western Australia. It will be held in late September prior to the ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney. The Call for Papers and other conference information will be released later this month in conjunction with the monthly SAHANZ newsletter.

Call for EoI for Fabrications’ reviews editor

The Editorial Board of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand calls for Expressions of Interest for the ongoing role of Reviews Editor of the Society’s refereed journal, Fabrications: JSAHANZ published in three issues each year by Taylor & Francis.

The Reviews Editor will work with the journal’s two Editors and support, as needed, those Guest Editors appointed to direct special issues.

The Reviews Editor will be appointed for a period of two years (corresponding to two volumes), commencing with the issues that will be prepared in late 2019 to go to press in 2020. They will solicit and edit reviews of books, exhibitions and other works.

The Reviews Editor of Fabrications is expected to be a financial member of SAHANZ, and to operate under SAHANZ’s Editorial Board policies, which can be found at Prospective candidates should have an emerging publication record and be an active researcher in the field of architectural history. 

Expressions of Interest are open until the close of business on Friday 20 September. Those interested should send a short CV and covering statement, detailing any editorial and publishing experience to Paul Walker, Chair of the Editorial Board, < > using the header “EoI Fabrications Reviews Editor.”

Macarena de la Vega awarded the David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2019

The David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2019 has been awarded to Macarena de la Vega for her project “The Mental Life of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.”

De la Vega is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland and member of the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History (ATCH). Her project is proposed to be an oral history of the past fifteen years in the life of SAHANZ, since the publication of Julia Gatley’s historical account, “SAHANZ: The First 20 Years, 1984-2004” (2004). She proposes to travel throughout Australia and New Zealand, interviewing selected longstanding members of the Society, and present her findings at the 2020 SAHANZ conference, and hopefully also as a SAHANZ book.

SAHANZ call for Life/Honorary Membership Nominations

SAHANZ calls for nominations for life and honorary members of the Society. Honorary memberships acknowledge contribution to the field of architectural history in Australasia, while Life memberships acknowledge contribution to the discipline made by members of the society. If you wish to nominate someone for Honorary or Life membership, please download the nomination documents on the SAHANZ website, and submit the completed nomination to the Society’s Secretary at by March 1st, 2019.

SAHANZ sponsored EAHN and SAH sessions selected

The SAHANZ Committee is pleased to report that the call for SAHANZ-endorsed panels at both EAHN and SAH conferences in 2020 has led to the selection of two session proposals. The session proposal selected for EAHN was ‘CULTIVATING THE CHILD EYE’S VIEW: Childhood and architectural education in the post WWII era,’ submitted by Dr Elke Couchez and Prof John Macarthur (both of The University of Queensland). The session proposal selected for SAH was ‘Opposite/Apposite: Transnational Exchanges between Australasia and Ibero‐America, 1946‐ 1973,’ submitted by Dr Macarena de la Vega (The University of Queensland), Dr Ana Esteban‐Maluenda (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), and Dr Brett Tippey (Kent State University). Both were fine proposals and will represent the society very well at these international meetings. The call for session proposals for subsequent years will be announced in the SAHANZ newsletter and posted on the SAHANZ website.

The Architecture of the Tasman World, 1788-1850

Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand invites papers for a special guest issue (Vol. 29, No. 3, 2019) on “The Architecture of the Tasman World,” edited by Alex Bremner and Andrew Leach. Papers are due by 28 March 2019.

The nineteenth-century architectural history of what Philippa Mein-Smith and others have recently termed the “Tasman world” has long been shaped by the often separate national historiographies of Australia and New Zealand. Developments in the region’s colonial architecture from the 1780s onwards have thus fed narratives of national foundations, problematic and otherwise. This issue of Fabrications calls for papers that work against the grain of those nationalist narratives by addressing the architecture and infrastructure of those colonial industries operating across the early colonies of New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land and New Zealand and connecting that “world” to economies and relationships both within the British Empire and beyond, across what has controversially been named the “Anglosphere,” and in global architectural geographies defined by trade. Papers will return to the colonial era of the South Pacific informed by the gains of post-colonial history, four-nations British historiography, studies of global colonial networks and systems, and an appreciation for “minor” forms of historical evidence and architectural practice. The issue will therefore offer a fresh consideration of the architecture of the Tasman world from the 1780s to the 1840s in its historical circumstances, exploring architecture’s different registers: architecture across three different registers: intentioned works definitively cast as Architecture; the “grey” architecture (after Bremner) of industries, transhipping and colonial infrastructure; and as an analogy for the relationships, systems and structures of the colonial project and its economic underpinnings. Papers may move around and across the Tasman Sea to position architecture in relation to such “industrial” activities as agriculture, whaling and sealing, banking, timber getting and religion. Building on a rich session at the Fifth International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network in Tallinn, papers in will contribute to a post-nationalist architectural history of the Tasman colonies that figures the place of this region in the nineteenth-century British world and beyond.

Dr Alex Bremner, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Prof Andrew Leach, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney

Guidelines for Authors
Papers should be submitted online by the due dates identified above.

The Editors consider essays of 7000 to 9000 words (including endnotes). Papers should be submitted as Word documents. Authors should use the footnote function of Word, but no automatic referencing programs (such as Endnote). Papers should be submitted with an abstract (200 words) at the beginning of the paper and a brief author biography (80 words), images and image captions. Abstracts are published at the beginning of papers. All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.

Instructions for authors can be found on the Taylor & Francis website. Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the Reviews Editor, Farzaneh Haghighi  [].

Image Specifications
For the refereeing process, please add a list of captions at the end of the text document, but also submit low-resolution images of illustrations as separate files {or embedded in a separate pdf file with captions} (72dpi jpeg files).  Once a paper is accepted for publication, high-resolution images should be submitted as 300 dpi tiff files, at a minimum of 100mm wide with a separate list of captions indicating permissions.

Authors are responsible for securing all permissions and paying all fees to reproduce images in Fabrications. Authors must meet UK copyright regulations. For information, see:

Anoma Pieris and Mirjana Lozanovska, Co-Editors

Image credit: State Library of New South Wales