External Opportunities

In order to best serve of members of the SAHGB, this page will be frequently updated with links to conferences, publications, and events that may be of interest.*

​If you have an opportunity that you think will be of interest to the SAHGB, please email the SAHGB’s Website Officer, Danielle Willkens.

*The opportunities and organisations listed below are not affiliated with the SAHGB, but have been chosen for listing here because they may be of interest to visitors to this site.

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2020 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and David R. Coffin Publication Grant
 December 1, 2019

The Foundation for Landscape Studies invites you to submit publications for the 2020 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and David R. Coffin Publication Grant.

The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize is awarded to books published in the last three years that have made a significant contribution to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape design. The David R. Coffin Publication Grant supports the research and publication of a book in the field of landscape studies. Please see the list of previous winners of these prizes on the website.

Award recipients will be selected by a jury composed of members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Detailed descriptions of the eligibility requirements and the application procedures for each award can be found on the website. The application deadline for both awards is December 1, 2019.

We welcome nominations for the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and the David R. Coffin Publication Grant from both publishers and authors.

Please submit all inquiries to:
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, President
Foundation for Landscape Studies
7 West 81st Street
New York, NY 10024

Calls for papers, sessions, and contributors

Events and programmes

Building-Object/Design-Architecture – Exploring Interconnections
Dates: 6-8 June 2019
Location: Clore Management Centre, 27 Torrington Square, London

This two-day conference will explore old, new and future interconnections between Design History and Architectural History. It addresses the disciplines’ shared objects, historiography, and theory.

The distinction between design history and architectural history is to some extent an artificial one, given the many ties between designed objects and designed spaces as well as between those who design and make the former and those who design and make the latter, but it follows certain disciplinary and professional developments. These are manifest, for instance, in the separate existence of the Design History Society and the European Architectural History Network, two of the sponsors of this conference.
In one art historical tradition – Kunstwissenschaft, or the critical history of art – the objects of design and architecture (as well as fine art objects) which are now usually separated out as requiring specialist study, were considered of equal significance and requiring equal attention. It was this tradition that provided some of the founding figures for both present-day design history and present-day architectural history – Semper, Riegl, Panofsky, Pevsner, among them. (Even later figures like Reyner Banham might be understood as displaced products of this tradition). And the separation of expertise was also largely alien to the connoisseurial and antiquarian traditions.

The turning away from these traditions of interdisciplinarity can be understood as an inevitable effect of emergent disciplinary identities as much as of worked-out theories. But there are untapped residues as well as new developments that may prove fertile ground for collaboration.

What are we learning about materialities, about globalising perspectives, or about new forms of writing, for instance, that may benefit both disciplines? Furthermore, does the very separation of design and architectural history distort or falsely dichotomise their objects? Can their co-existence be worked into current rubrics for interdisciplinarity, or do older co-disciplines disqualify themselves?

A conference supported by the Design History Society, the European Architectural History Network, and the Architecture Space and Society Centre (Birkbeck).

Keynote speakers – Ben Highmore, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Adrian Forty.

​Additional details available here.

The Rubens Ceiling at the Banqueting House, Whitehall
Symposium and Reception
Date: 10 June 2019, 9:00-19:00

Historic Royal Palaces is hosting a one-day symposium to discuss the paintings and coffering of the 17th-century ceiling at the Banqueting House, Whitehall. This symposium will be of interest to art and architectural historians, conservators and heritage scientists. It will showcase the results of recent technical investigations to understand and develop methods to preserve and present the ceiling’s painting and decorative scheme.

For tickets and information please check here.

Grants and Fellowships

Digital Franklin Research FellowshipAmerican Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia, PA

The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) at the American Philosophical Society Library invites applications for a one-year fellowship for scholars with terminal degrees in fields including (but not limited to) history, digital humanities, public history, and library and information science to work with APS staff at the CDS on a digital project focused on financial and postal account books kept by Benjamin Franklin from 1730-1787. These historic records reveal Franklin’s business and personal concerns as well as his work as Postmaster of colonial Philadelphia. Reporting to the Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology, the successful candidate will assist the Center by researching and composing text for a digital exhibition, digitizing archival materials, creating data, and working on other web-based resources that highlight the account books, including data visualizations.

Qualifications: Eligible applicants must have an M.A., an MLIS, or a Ph.D. with demonstrated experience working on DH projects. Knowledge of current DH trends, tools, and technologies is required. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team is essential. Experience working with datasets and data visualization is strongly preferred. Applicants with training and research interests in the digital humanities, early American history and/or business history are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary: $45,000 plus benefits.

To apply, please submit the following materials via Interfolio:

  • a CV,
  • a cover letter explaining qualifications for and interest in the position, and,
  • the names of three references (not letters of reference, please).

Applications will be accepted through May 3, 2019. The start date is summer 2019.

Please forward questions about the project to Bayard Miller, Head of Digital Scholarship & Technology.




Cornerstone Architectural Scholars is an email group (i.e., listserv) for architectural scholars that might be of interest to members. The group disseminates news about upcoming conferences, especially calls for papers, but it also publicizes exhibitions, fellowships and other events or news. Cornerstone is not meant for discussions, debates, or chats, but simply for communicating useful information. The volume of messages is fairly light, about three or four per week. The group’s focus is mainly on architectural scholarship–spanning history, theory, urbanism, sustainability, technology, landscape, morphology, etc.–rather than architectural practice or design.

Cornerstone currently has about 320 members, most of whom are architecture faculty or doctoral students. There is absolutely no obligation involved in being a Cornerstone member–it only means that one receives the group messages by email. One can join or leave the group at any time. Cornerstone works through the Google Groups system, and there are no problems with spam. Anyone interested in joining Cornerstone can contact Matthew Heins.

Postgraduate Positions

Funded PhD Scholarship (fees-only) at Manchester Metropolitan University
“Landscape, Infrastructure and Ecology: Scottish Modernist Landscape Architecture through the work of Mark Turnbull.” For more details, click here.

Full-time scholarship (100%) for PhD project at KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture
“The Fragment and the Whole. Constructs in Comprehensive Settings. Exhibition Spaces, the Garden Treatise and the Voyage Pittoresque in France Between 1750 and 1850.” For more details, click here.

Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History
University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education

The course is directed by Dr Paul Barnwell, Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and runs over part-time for 12 months. The course covers English architectural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. It will be of interest to those seeking to develop their:
  • knowledge of the broad sweep of English architecture
  • understanding of the evolution of the historic environment more widely
  • practical skills of recording and analysing buildings
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