Moderator: Sarah M. Dreller, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH Data Project Researcher)
Architectural history professors and students across American higher education spent the second half of Spring 2020 doing the best they could to teach and learn under extraordinary circumstances. Now that semesters and quarters are drawing to a close, though, many of these same people will turn more attention to navigating the various ways the pandemic is impacting their research and publishing plans. While architectural historians share a range of emergency teaching and learning challenges with other humanists, our field’s character-defining emphasis on in-person visits to sites and design archives is presenting special problems for historians of the built environment.
For this roundtable, some of the SAH Data Project’s preliminary data about architectural history research and publishing will form the starting point for a conversation about the project and the field overall. What is important for us to understand about past trends? How might current pandemic working conditions be affecting the data the project is gathering? What additional information might the project gather now to make this data useful in a post-pandemic future?
Eliana AbuHamdi Murchie, Hunter College
Vyta Baselice, George Washington University
Sandy Isenstadt, University of Delaware (SAH Data Project Co-Principal Investigator)
Amber Wiley, Rutgers University
Abby Van Slyck, Connecticut College