Apply for a Grant

The Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation and in connection with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and MIT, is pleased to introduce the following grant opportunities, all intended to elevate, strengthen and make more accessible a global perspective of architectural history. Toward that end, the collaborative seeks to connect the leading researchers in the field through the contribution of their research and knowledge.  It is expected that the contributors’ lectures will enrich the library, further providing fellow instructors with content that they find engaging, timely and inspirational to teach.

Phase two of the GAHTC will dedicate nearly $500,000 to building new content, and will do so through a multi-pronged initiative entailing the advancement of research, fostering professional community, and expanding its digital teaching library. The GAHTC accepts proposals for each of these grants on a rolling submission, but it is recommended that submissions be received before the end of an academic year.

Each grant is unique, and as such, has individualized requirements for submission. Please read the submission requirements for each grant carefully before preparing your proposal. 

Questions? Contact GAHTC Project Manager, Eliana Hamdi Murchie at emurchie@mit.edu.

Grant Categories

Established Scholarship

To gather the established research needed to supplement gaps in our digital lecture library, the GAHTC has established two different grants.

Emerging Scholars

The GAHTC is eager to support Emerging and Junior Scholars by supporting interaction between scholars of all ranks, thus encouraging mentorship opportunities amongst its members. Thus, it has established two grants specifically targeted towards junior scholars, providing the opportunity to contribute material to the GAHTC library.  It is expected that the junior scholars will in turn work closely with a mentor from the GAHTC to develop their material. 

Supplementing the GAHTC Library

Alongside these new grant opportunities, there remains the original grant option; the production of teaching materials to continue building the GAHTC library. This category of grant encourages members to find areas within the library, or material upon which they can build or innovate, to advance the current curriculum in some original way.

Team Grants

Finally, one of the main imperatives of this phase of the grant is to build community and to encourage collaboration not only amongst members, but also across ranks and disciplines. The GAHTC has established two grants that enable teams of educators to gather, travel, and collaborate, all in the interest of advancing global architectural history.


Current Modules "In the Works"


Recently Added Modules


Upcoming GAHTC Events

WHA, Annual Conference Milwaukee, Syllabus Workshop, June 22 &23, 2018

AHA, Chicago, Panel and Exhibitor, January 3-6, 2019


Coming soon!

Submit your paper to the GAHTC session at SAH 2019!

Session Title: The Untold Histories of Peripheral Architecture and Cities

CFP

The study of Architectural history established in the late 19th century was based on the distinction between East and West, with analysis rooted in the West­–namely, England–and its gaze falling upon the rest. This form of paradigmatic analysis placed the West at the core, setting the rest, by default, as the periphery. As the field developed, intellectual attitudes began to recognize the built object as capable of conveying the story of the culture and people of a place. While the architecture of the West, or core, was identified as classic and nationalistic, the architecture of the periphery, placed in direct comparison, was labeled as native and primitive.

Recognizing the limitations of such a categorical analysis, the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) set out to gather and curate a library of the architectural histories of the periphery to re-center those peripheries and tell those stories. The goal of the GAHTC–and, by extension, this session–is to explore the untold architectural histories of the periphery to counter all those histories that were projected onto various sites, skewed by the cultural aim and intellectual attitudes of their critics. These projected histories eschew the complex flows of people and ideas in the production of architectural objects and cities.

This session invites papers that tell the stories and histories of the periphery rather than the canonical center, thus expanding the discussion of non-canonical architecture and places beyond the labels of everyday, vernacular, indigenous. By decentralizing the critique this session de-sensationalizes non-western architecture, freeing it from a tautological identity as non-classical, primitive, and exotic. In particular, papers that explore the porous connections between people, places, and the global fluidity of ideas in the production of architecture and cities are welcome. Papers that explore methodological strategies for marginalized histories are also, strongly encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Abstracts must be under 300 words.
  2. The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
  3. Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
  4. Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be submitted. 
  5. A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted. 

Abstracts are to be submitted online using the link below.

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT


Map Builder Tool 

This tool will be embedded into our website and will allow any member to create a map, save that map to their profile, and share their map in a map gallery on GAHTC.org. Working with a designer and cartographer, we are developing the map builder to have a number of basic base maps to choose from (political boundaries, satellite imagery, terrain, etc.) with a toolbar to allow for members to draw, lines, points, circles, rectangles, irregular shapes and text. 

Syllabus Maker & Advanced Search 

The syllabus maker will allow members to construct a course syllabus entirely of GAHTC content. To this end, our web developer will build an advanced search function that allows users to narrow their search by geography, with the search results shown on a 3D globe. Search result relevance will be designated through a heat map. Members can pick items from their results to add to their syllabus or have the system generate a syllabus based on the number of lectures they have selected.  


Current Modules in the Works

Targeted Acquisition Grants

  1. Between Constantinople and Karakorum: The Architecture of Pre-Modern Russia
  2. Global Conservation: Preservation, Reuse and Sustainability
  3. Architectural Links Between the Islamic World and Latin America
  4. Sites and Systems of Indigenous North America (Pre-Columbian Cites and Settlements): The Olmec, Zaptotecs and Mixtecs of Oaxaca, the Mayan of the Yucatan, and the Puebloans of the San Juan and Colorado River Basins
  5. Iranian Domesticity in a Global Context
  6. Southern African Formations of Spatial Culture
  7. Japanese Architecture: History Through Production Systems 
  8. Soviet Constructivism: ‘Design and Politics’ and ‘Utopia in Tatters’
  9. The African City: A Global Architectural History
  10. Church architecture in the Principality of Moldova, 1457-­‐1600
  11. West African Modernism
  12. Indigenous Architectures and the Living Landscape of North America
  13. Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture
  14. Gothicness
  15. Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa

  16. Shaping Place in Mesoamerica

  17. Asian Architecture on the Cultural Borders   

  18. The Quintessence of Pre-Columbian Cities


Research-to-Teaching Grants

  1. The Architecture of Public Housing in the Cold War Middle East: The Example of Iran (1948-68)
  2. Patron Kings of Hindu Temples


Emerging Scholars Grants

  1. Globalizing the Video Architectural History Timeline Project


Untargeted Field Initiated Grants

  1. Technologies of Movement (Part III)
  2. Port Cities Between Global Networks and Local Transformations
  3. Wood Architecture in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia
  4. Mobile Architectures
  5. Spanish Translation of "A Global History of Islamic Architecture"
  6. History by Timecuts
  7. What is Art Deco?

Global Connections Fellowship
  1. Globalizing Asian Histories


Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop

  1. Globalizing the Theory Survey Workshop