SACRPH 2024 – San Diego


University of California, San Diego and Online, October 24-26, 2024

Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions:  Extended to March 31, 2024

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. The conference will be held in multiple formats, including: virtual presentations (ahead of the conference); in-person tours on Friday, October 25, 2024; and in-person presentations on Saturday, October 26. It will also include a keynote on Thursday night. All Saturday events will take place on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. We hope you can join us online and in San Diego.

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. For further information please consult our website:

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for complete paper panel sessions (of three or four papers), as well as individual papers, roundtables, and workshops. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing. And we wish to support graduate students and early career researchers with mentoring workshops.

Proposals must be submitted by March 31, 2024, via the following links:

Each proposal must include the following:

  • Contact information of participants, including institution and email address;
  • indication of whether submission is for the virtual day (date TBD) OR the in-person day (Saturday, October 26);
  • if the submission is for the virtual day, indication of the anticipated time zone of presenter(s);
  • four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic;
  • please do not include illustrations.

For individual paper submissions:

  • A single attachment (PDF or Word) including: 100-word paper abstract and one-page CV. For the filename, please use this nomenclature:  “Last Name, Short Title.”

For paper panel, roundtable, or workshop submissions:

  • Indication of lead contact, including mobile phone number;
  • indication of paper panel chair and commentator, if available;
  • 100-word overview of the session’s themes and significance, including a description of the format (paper panel, roundtable, workshop); 
  • 100-word abstract for each paper (for panels) or potential contribution of participants (for roundtables and workshops); and 
  • a single attachment (PDF or Word) combining the information above, including: 1) cover page with panel/roundtable/workshop title, participants, and contact information; 2) 100-word overview; 4) 100-word abstracts (paper panels) or contributions (roundtables/workshops); 3) one-page CV for each participant.  For the filename, please use this nomenclature:  “Format, Short Title.”  

For graduate students, early-career researchers, and junior faculty members who may benefit from working with a senior scholar on a proposal, please use this Google Docs form to sign up for SACRPH mentorship.

Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs: Evan Friss, Associate Professor, James Madison University at or Meredith Drake Reitan, Associate Dean, University of Southern California at

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