Global Connections Fellowship

The Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative is pleased to introduce the Global Connections Fellowship, targeted towards a group of scholars interested in expanding the scope of their research as related to a specific site or region of study. This fellowship is intended to inspire a collaborative, innovative, interdisciplinary, but, most importantly, global inquiry into an underrepresented area of study. 

The Goal of the Fellowship

These fellowships seek to establish sustainable relationships with universities outside the U.S., while also enabling GAHTC members to visit new sites of research.  They support improving the quality of teaching as related to a site or region as well as the critical evaluation of that site or regions as viewed within dominant Eurocentric narrative in architectural history.  GAHTC is eager to fund groups to visit a site that participants have not previously experienced. Please note that this fellowship is not aimed at supporting advanced scholarly research that may involve immersion in local archives, for example. Rather, the award aims to encourage teachers to see new buildings and sites and visit museums, immersing themselves in the local architecture, arts, history, and culture, of a region. 

This research fellowship is intended as a fund for the collaboration and travel of scholars from various ranks, disciplines, and institutions. Ideally the team will be hosted by a local institution, and liaise with an expert or experts in the intended site or region of study, who would also be able to guide them in their travels and research. 

While in the Field

To prepare for the research trip, the GAHTC assumes that the team will collect all relevant scholarship (articles and books) in advance, so that all necessary preliminary research is completed before traveling to the site or sites of study. 

While on site, GAHTC encourages members to collect images, in the form of drawings, photos, floor plans, etc., such that they can then incorporate the visual materials into the required deliverable.  It is expected that the group will submit one to two lectures for the GAHTC library, though additional lectures may be considered. 

How to Apply

Award privilege will be given to participants who demonstrate that they will be using the lecture material produced from the research trip in their future courses. The Fellowship award will fund travel, lodging, and meals for all members of the research team. In addition, each team will receive $2,300 per lecture added to the GAHTC library. 

For consideration, please submit a research proposal identifying the four to six-person team, detailing the team’s varied ranks, disciplines, and institutional affiliations. Ideally, team members will come from different but allied disciplinary backgrounds, among them art history, history, or visual studies, and from at least two different institutions. Please also identify the local institution able to receive the team, and the local expert or experts able to assist in guiding tours and in gaining access to research sites.

In addition, please detail a tentative agenda of the site or sites that the team will visit, whether these be archaeological, architectural, landscape-related, or urban. Also include an estimated budget for travel, lodging, and incidentals. Also, please provide an annotated outline for each lecture in the proposed module. 

Submit your proposal to Eliana Hamdi Murchie at

[Grant proposal resources and templates]

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


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.


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 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