Society for American City & Regional Planning History
Westin Cleveland Downtown
Cleveland, Ohio
October 26-29, 2017

Submission Deadline Extended to March 6, 2017!

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 17th National Conference on Planning History. In order to submit a proposal, please complete the online submission form included below.

Call for Papers

SACRPH cordially invites scholars and practitioners to present papers and talks on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history and their relationship to urban and metropolitan studies. Particularly welcome are papers, talks, roundtables, and sessions addressing the theme of Theory and Practice in Planning History. What is the relationship between the ideas shaping metropolitan development and the history of the built environment?

SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions (of three or four papers) and for individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing. Proposals must be submitted by March 6, 2017 (extended deadline) via the online submission form included below.

Each proposal must include the following:

  • For individual paper submissions: a 100-word abstract
  • For individual paper submissions: a one-page CV, including address, phone, and e-mail (PDF or Word)
  • For panel submissions: a single document (PDF or Word) including cover page (indicating lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names—if available—of the session Chair and Commentator); a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address, phone, and e-mail
  • For all submissions: four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic

Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1.25-inch side margins. Do not include illustrations.

Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs: Julian Chambliss, Professor of History, Rollins College, Florida; or David Freund, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park.


Online Proposal Submissions

Fill out my online form.

Past Conferences

SACRPH holds a national conference every two years. The conference provides a forum for historians and planners to present current papers as well as to attend workshops on current planning history topics. The conference also features in-depth tours and workshops on historical and contemporary planning issues in the host city.

2015 – Los Angeles, CA

2013 – Toronto, Canada

2011 – Baltimore, MD

2009 – Oakland, CA
2007 – Portland, ME
2005 – Miami, FL
2003 – St. Louis, MO
2001 – Philadelphia, PA & Camden, NJ
1999 – Washington, DC
1997 – Seattle, WA
1995 – Knoxville, TN
1993 – Chicago, IL
1991 – Richmond, VA
1989 – Cincinnati, OH
1987 – Columbus, OH
1986 – Columbus, OH


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