Special Call: Anti-Racism and Global Architectural History

Special Call: Anti-Racism and Global Architectural History


Environmental Justice: Histories of Contamination and Stories of Resistance

By Anita Bakshi

People of Color and the Architecture of New Orleans

By Tara Dudley

The Anti-Black Roots of Urban Planning and the Social Planning Response, 1880-1930

By Andrea Roberts

Like a Flower We Will Dry Upon the Earth

By Alberto Ortega Trejo

A Towering Memorial: The Robert L. Vann Tower and the Belgian Friendship Building

By Bryan Clark Green and Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Segregationist Architecture of African Housing in Colonial Kenya 

By Peter Makachia

Strategies of Separation: From Jewish Ghettos to African-American ‘Projects’

By Carla Keyvanian

Race, Gender, and Class: African American Female Architects in the U.S. 

By  Armaghan Ziaee

Call for lectures

GAHTC stands in solidarity with ongoing protests for racial justice and against the murder of Black and Indigenous peoples now and throughout history in the name of white supremacy. For too long, architectural history has been complicit with this violence by contributing to a false narrative of Eurocentrism and Western superiority. As an organization focused on guiding the discourse of architectural history by reshaping teaching at the survey level, we understand that a focus on broader coverage implicitly opposes these narratives. But it does not necessarily reveal and counter them. We want to explicitly state our commitment to anti-racist conversations and teaching materials. Teaching about racism and its history as made relevant through our field is an important avenue of change. Our database includes several lectures that discuss the role of race and racism in the history of architecture, with additional lectures recently commissioned and currently in progress. We have organized a selection of these lectures here (see below). However, we understand we need to do more. 

In an effort to use our platform to support anti-racist teaching for the coming academic year, we are reaching out to colleagues who have taught on race and architecture in the hopes that they can format and submit one of their lectures to be shared in our database. We are soliciting lectures that contribute to the understanding of how race and racism are constructed in the built environment, and how in turn space can be shaped by racism. Lectures can be focused on any time period and geographic location. We encourage lectures that guide students in the discussion of white supremacy and the production of racialized spaces, as well as lectures that focus on spaces of resistance such as quilombos and freedom colonies. This call is open to all, we encourage BIPOC scholars to submit. We aim to fund three separate individuals for the development of one lecture each, with an honoraria of $3,500.00 per lecture. 

Proposals are due July 15, 2020, in the hopes that academics that have experience working in this topic are able to submit a one-page outline of a lecture they have already taught. Upon approval, a lecture package consisting of one powerpoint lecture, handout, and a short quiz is due on August 1st, with the hopes that these lectures can be updated to our database and aid the teaching of anti-racism next Fall. 

We welcome your suggestions and thoughts for future efforts as we continue to work on improving the ways in which our platform can assist and participate in the construction of antiracist positions for architectural history.

Please direct all questions and proposals to Eliana AbuHamdi Murchie at emurchie@mit.edu.


August 1: Awarded proposals notified

August 30: Lecture packages due

A sampling of GAHTC modules that address race in the history of architecture:

Place-Making and World Seeking on the Swahili Coast

Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture

Mobile Architecture & War

Sites and Systems of Global Colonialism

History by Time Cuts