Thursday, July 16, 2009

Call for Papers: Society for American City and Regional Planning History

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) will be holding its bi-annual conference in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Fall of 2009. The conference will be based at the Marriott Oakland City Center hotel and will run from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18, 2009.

On Saturday, October 17, the conference will feature a public session of posters that present original research by undergraduate and masters degree program students. This session will be a unique opportunity for students at the bachelors and masters level to present their work in a forum attended by hundreds of professionals from all over the United States as well as overseas.


Undergraduate and masters students interested in participating should submit to asha[dot]weinstein[dot]agrawal[at]sjsu[dot]edu a single document containing the following:

- A one-page abstract clearly marked with your name and contact information that summarizes the research, including the title, the central research question(s), a brief statement of significance, the sources consulted, and the major conclusions. (Works in progress, such as bachelors or masters theses, that do not yet have firm conclusions, are also encouraged.)

-A one-page resume or curriculum vitae, including (at a minimum) your contact information, university, major or concentration, expected degree,and expected date of graduation.

In addition, students must have their adviser, or a faculty member closely familiar with the project, email a short letter of endorsement to asha[dot]weinstein[dot]agrawal[at]sjsu[dot]edu. The letter should explain the significance of the work and confirm that the faculty member expects it will be ready to present by October.

Proposals will be reviewed in the order received (all materials must be received before the proposal will be reviewed), with the final deadline for all materials submitted being Tuesday, September 8. It is anticipated that the maximum number of proposals will be accepted before that deadline, so students are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible.


Presenters are expected to provide their own poster of up to 36 x 42. SACRPH will provide foamcore backing boards, easels, and clips. For tips on designing and creating a poster, see or

A special schedule of discounted fees will be available to student presenters who wish to attend only one day or a portion of a day at the conference. Those wishing to attend more of the conference will pay the regular student registration fee.

Questions can be addressed to Michael Kahan, Associate Director of Urban Studies at Stanford University, at kahan[dot]michael[at]gmail[dot]com; or to Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University, asha[dot]weinstein[dot]agrawal[at]sjsu[dot]edu.

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

The student poster session is presented with the support of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, San José State University.

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