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 emurchie@mit.edu

[Grant proposal resources and templates]


Coming soon!

GAHTC.org

GAHTC has hired 100Danish as the new web developer. The 100Danish team, led by Trevor Collins and his team will help s to improve the dissemination of our library content, while also digitally connecting our community of scholars.

We have a plan for the following website updates that we believe will not only be helpful to our community, but will importantly shore-up the long term sustainability of the site and its content.

  • Advanced Search: Imperative to the wide dissemination of our library content is the ability to efficiently search for and access materials. Our advanced search feature will provide users with the ability to search for content using three criteria: object of study, location and date. The search also has a filter allowing users to indicate exact time periods using a sliding scale. Results are then displayed on a rotating globe, with the most relevant results demarcated in red, and receding in color, in the style of a heat map. Users however are not required to input search criteria to view results. They may select the “Browse All” option, at which point our entire library content will be displayed on the globe, and users can spin, zoom, and click to discover new content.
  • Explore Teaching Material: This page allows users to browse our library content in a different manner, one not necessarily directed by search terms. Rather, relevant information, such as module title, author and abstract are displayed at a glance on a series of “cards” or “tiles”. This is a design change from the existing site. The display is more visual, accessible and interactive. The number of clicks needed to access module and lecture content have been reduced, providing users with quick and comprehensive access to our teaching library.
  • Map Builder: Many of our members have the need to create editable maps so as to best convey material visually. We have addressed that need by developing a Map Builder. Users can choose a location, then a display for the map, such as terrain, political boundaries, or satellite view.
  • Creating Custom Maps:The Map builder allows users to alter their map using basic edit functions, similar to those found in power point. Functions such as dropping locations pins, adding text and photos, as well as drawing a variety of shapes, and adjusting their opacity will allow users to customize their maps easily.


Recently Added Modules


Upcoming GAHTC Events

SAH, Seattle, WA, April-May 2020.


Recent GAHTC Events

European Architectural History Network & SAH New Zealand and Australia (SAHANZ), Sydney, AU, July 2019.

World History Association & Global Urban Humanities Project, "Decolonizing Architectural History," Paper Session, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 2019.

SAH, Providence, RI, April 2019

  • We hosted a full day Teacher-to-Teacher workshop on globalizing your teaching content, open to all SAH members.
  • We conducted a round-table on the subject of “Globalizing Architectural HistoryEducation.”
  • We chaired a GAHTC session titled “The Untold Histories of the Peripheral Architecture and Cities.”
  • Eliana presented on the topic of Global History at the first SAH Colloquium “Vectors of Change: Emerging Challenges in the Study of the Built Environment.”

GAHTC Members' Conference, Miami, FL, April 2019.


AHA, Chicago, Panel and Exhibitor, January, 2019.

College Arts Association (CAA), "The GAHTC and Globalizing Architectural History," Paper Session, New York, NY, January 2019.

"Curating a GAHTC Syllabus," Workshop, World History Association. Milwaukee, WI, June 2018.


"Pedagogical Approaches to Re-Centering the Architectural Canon," Round Table, Vernacular Architecture Forum. Alexandria, VA, May 2018.


"Curating a GAHTC Syllabus," Workshop, NERWHA, Cambridge, MA, April 2018.


“GAHTC Roundtable," Roundtable, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference. Glasgow, Scotland, June 2017.


“Are We Teaching Global Yet?” Roundtable, Society of Architectural Historians  Annual Conference. St. Paul, MN, April 2018.


“Global Education: Pedagogy and Reality.” Paper Session, American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA, April 2018.


“The New Global: Architectural History Education and the Ethics of Millennial Citizenship." Paper Session, ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). Denver, CO, March 2018.


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. Southern African Formations of Spatial Culture
  4. Soviet Constructivism: ‘Design and Politics’ and ‘Utopia in Tatters’
  5. The African City: A Global Architectural History
  6. Church Architecture in the Principality of Moldova, 1457-­‐1600
  7. West African Modernism
  8. Indigenous Architectures and the Living Landscape of North America
  9. Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture
  10. Gothicness
  11. Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa
  12. Asian Architecture on the Cultural Borders   
  13. The Quintessence of Pre-Columbian Cities
  14. Place-Making and World Seeking on the Swahili Coast
  15. The Forgotten Women of WWII Architecture
  16. Japanese Architecture
  17. Parallel Lives: A Biographical Approach to Early Modern Architecture
  18. The Global History of Synagogues
  19. Etruscan Architecture in a Global Context: Life, Death and Transition
  20. The Politics of Social Housing is Inter-War and Post-War Turkey


Emerging Scholars Grants

  1. Globalizing the Video Architectural History Timeline Project
  2. Taverns and Temples
  3. Persian Gardens
  4. Armenian Churches
  5. A Global Historiography of Persian Architecture: The Making and Breaking of Cultural Heritage


Untargeted Field Initiated Grants

  1. Port Cities Between Global Networks and Local Transformations
  2. Wood Architecture in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia
  3. Mobile Architectures
  4. Architectural Representations
  5. Spirit Roads: From Roads and Tracks to Other Worldly Connections
  6. Educational Sites in the Islamic World


Global Connections Fellowship

  1. Globalizing Asian Histories
  2. Our North is the South: Intercultural Processes in Latin American Architecture 
  3. A Global Sea: An Architectural of History of the Caribbean