Construction History Society of America Announces Call For Abstracts

Date: October 17 - November 16, 2017

Construction History Society of America announces
for the 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History
School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
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, 2016 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).

Abstracts for Presentation 
Abstracts submitted 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:                      

  • title
  • 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 16, 2017                 Abstract Deadline
January 1, 2018                       Online Registration Open
January 15, 2018                     Author Notification
May 24-26, 2018                      Biennial