The Architecture of HBCUs: 1867 through the 1940’s

Country: USA

City: Baltimore

Abstr. due: 20.07.2015

Dates: 05.11.15 — 06.11.15

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology; Pedagogy;

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Organizers: Morgan State University


This CFP solicits new scholarship concerning the planning, architecture, and environmental design of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) founded and developed from 1867 through the 1940’s. Papers on a broad range of topics are welcome. Topics may include studies of individual buildings, of entire campus plans, or of the designers, builders, and patrons who created them. Especially welcome will be presentations concerning HBCUs that have been poorly documented in the literature until now.

The seventy-five years following the Civil War saw the founding and nurturing of America's HBCUs. Their diverse institutional frameworks -- including Bible and Normal Schools, Morrill-Act Land Grant institutions, and full-fledged liberal arts colleges and universities – reflected African-Americans’ aspirations for technical training, intellectual and creative excellence, and the professions. With the diversity of these developments came diversity in physical form. Accordingly, HBCU’s built environments reflect uniquely African-American circumstances nestled among their basic American forms. 

Morgan's upcoming "The Architecture of HBCUs" symposium will promote discussion of the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCUs' architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both.

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