Call for Papers

Deadline Passed (February 15, 2015)

Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH)
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California
November 5-8, 2015

SACRPH cordially invites papers on all aspects of the history of urban, regional, and community planning, worldwide. Particularly welcome are papers or complete sessions addressing:

  • planning and the built environment in the U.S. Sunbelt
  • comparative and global studies of planning, especially of the U.S. West/Pacific Rim, or U.S. Southwest/Latin America
  • preservation planning in 20th-century cities
  • disaster and urban resiliency
  • the ethics of planning
  • planning and the law

We also encourage papers that examine planning before the 19th century and SACPRH awards the de Montequin Prize for the best paper presented at the conference in colonial planning history.

A Thursday afternoon program will be dedicated to the legacy of urban renewal in L.A. after the demise of redevelopment authorities in California in 2012, and SACRPH wishes to extend a special welcome to practitioners. Sunday morning will offer a range of tours exploring the planning of Los Angeles.

SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. Its 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 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.

Submissions should be formatted as a single PDF (preferred) or as a single Word document. Please format the proposal with a standard 12-point font and 1.25-inch side margins. Do not include illustrations. Each proposal must include the following:

  • a one-page abstract for each paper, clearly marked with title and participant’s name
  • a one-page CV for each participant, including address, telephone, and e-mail
  • for individual papers, four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic
  • for session proposals, a cover page indicating lead contact, with telephone and email; the names of the session Chair and Commentator (if available), a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, and a description of the format (regular panel, roundtable, workshop)

Proposals must be received by February 15, 2015 via email attachment to Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs:

Matthew Lasner, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College
Paula Lupkin, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of North Texas


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