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2018 CHSA Biennial Meeting – May 24-26, 2018 – University of Maryland

The Construction History Society of America announces a Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History held at the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland; College Park, MD; May 24 – 26, 2018.

We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit presentation and paper abstracts on subjects relating to the Americas for the 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History, to be held in the city of College Park, MD. The meeting will be hosted by the Construction History Society of America and the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland from May 24-26, 2018 and follows successful meetings of the CHSA held in Seattle, WA (10th Anniversary Members’ Meeting 2017), Austin, TX (2016), Minneapolis MN (2014), Cambridge MA (2012), Philadelphia PA (2010), and Atlanta GA (2008).

Abstract submissions are due November 16, 2017 via the Easy Chair submission link.

Abstracts for Presentation

Abstracts will be compiled in a hard-copy catalogue to be distributed at the meeting. Abstracts for presentation imply that the author(s) intent is to present the subject within a 20-minute slideshow.

CHSA encourages authors to also submit full papers to Construction History according to their publication schedules. The submission of an abstract for the CHSA Meeting does not exempt papers from the Journal’s review process.

Each abstract must include

  • authors’ names and institutional affiliations
  • an abstract of 4000 characters
  • key words (selected, if possible, from the list of topics and subjects),
  • a one-page curriculum vitae indicating contact information, status, laboratory affiliation if relevant, and publications or other relevant work for each author.
  • All presentations must be in English and related to Construction in North and South America.

Abstract topics may include:

  • History and construction of specific projects
  • History of the building trades or specific builders
  • Organization of construction work
  • Wages and the economics of construction
  • The development of building codes and regulations
  • Trade unions and guilds
  • Military or Army Corps of Engineers
  • Structural analysis and the development of structural forms
  • Development of construction tools, cranes, scaffolding, etc
  • Building techniques in response to their environments
  • Building materials, their history, production and use
  • History of services (heating, lighting etc.) in buildings
  • The changing role of the professions in construction
  • Building archaeology
  • Computer simulation, experimentation and reconstruction
  • Use of construction history for dating of historic fabric
  • Recording, preservation and conservation
  • Construction in architectural writing
  • The role of construction history in education
  • The bibliography of construction history
  • The theory and practice of construction history

Important Dates:

  • November 21, 2017 – Abstract Deadline
  • January 1, 2018 – Online Registration Open
  • January 15, 2018 – Author Notification
  • May 24-26, 2018 – Biennial Meeting
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