SAH HIG and William Morris Society Book Event February 24, 2023

New books on 19th-century interiors

A book event co-organized by the William Morris Society in the United States and the Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians

Friday, February 24, 1 pm EST(10 am PST, 11 am MST, 12 noon CST, 6:00 pm GMT)

Andrea Wolk Rager, The Radical Vision of Edward Burne-Jones (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, distributed by Yale University Press, 2022)The first scholarly monograph solely devoted to the artist since 1973, this book re-centers Burne-Jones’s practice in the decorative arts, demonstrating that he consistently questioned the boundaries of artistic media, in keeping with wider debates over the role of the arts in the nineteenth century. It illuminates how Burne-Jones’s art functioned not as a retreat from modernity, but as a vehicle for awakening, offering a protest against imperial aggression, capitalist economic inequality, and environmental destruction in the wake of the industrial revolution in nineteenth-century Britain.

John Holmes, Temple of Science: The Pre-Raphaelites and Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Bodleian Library and Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 2020)In the 1850s, some of England’s most eminent scientists worked with John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites to design and decorate a new museum that was to be Oxford University’s first science faculty. Temple of Science sets out the history of the campaign to build the museum before taking the reader on a tour of the art of the museum itself. It looks at the façade and the central court, with their beautiful natural history carvings and marble columns illustrating geological strata, and at the pantheon of scientists. Together they form the world’s finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite sculpture.

Both books address ideas about the interior as a site for public and private artistic commissions and both discuss the Pre-Raphaelites, who were famously committed to the decorative arts and to bringing art into everyday life through the decoration of interiors. The session will be of interest to anyone who works within the broad, interdisciplinary fields of interiors, museum history, and/or nineteenth-century art.

The 90-minute event will begin with two short 15-minute presentations in which the authors will introduce their books and reflect on their methods and approaches to the field. Members of HIG and WMS-US will then moderate a discussion and invite questions from the audience.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Please register here. The Historic Interiors Group and the William Morris Society in the United States welcome new members.



Winter/Spring Announcements of note and opportunities:

CFP: “Educating the Interior Designer,” Deadline Feb. 1, 2023

Conference ‘Educating the Interior Designer’.

The conference will take place in Ghent on September 8th, 2023.

Deadline for the call for papers is February 1st, 2023.


This conference is organized within the framework of the research project ‘The emergence of interior architecture in Belgium, 1945-1999. Assessing the impact of education on the identity formation of the design discipline’, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders and conducted at the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven.


Fall 2022 Events and Announcements

SAH HIG – Call for Historic Interiors Group endorsed session proposal for SAH 2024

The SAH Historic Interiors Group invites session proposals on the theme of historic interiors for SAH 2024.

The Historic Interiors Group (HIG) is an affiliate of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). One of the goals of HIG is to promote and advance scholarship in the history of interiors. HIG regularly endorses a session at the annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians.Members and non-members of HIG are invited to submit proposals for an in-person session that would be of interest to the SAH membership as a whole for the SAH conference to be held in Albuquerque, April 17-21, 2024. HIG welcomes proposals that introduce new scholarship, methods, and approaches. To reflect the diversity of people who make and discuss interiors, HIG seeks proposals from individuals, but also from collectives and organizations like journals, institutions, etc.; groups from the Albuquerque region are especially welcome.

The benefits of endorsement by HIG include the likelihood of an audience of HIG members for the panel at the conference and greater visibility for the session overall through HIG’s website, listserv, and social media.

For the upcoming 2023 conference in Montreal, HIG endorsed the session “Material Religion Through the Sacred Interior” organized by Tania Kolarik (U. of Wisconsin-Madison).

Requirements for the HIG-endorsed panel proposal are the same as those specified by SAH. SAH/HIG Membership is not required at the time of application for HIG’s endorsement. If you are interested in proposing a HIG-endorsed session for SAH 2024, please send your proposal to the co-chairs of the Events and Conferences Committee: Timothy M. Rohan (, Imogen Hart ( and Angelica Ponzio ( by January 9, 2023:

  1. A session title not longer than 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation
  2. Summary of the subject and the premise in no more than 300 words
  3. Your name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone number, and email address
  4. A current CV (2 pages maximum)

The Events and Conferences Committee will choose one of the submitted proposals in time for the applicant to submit the endorsed proposal to SAH with the HIG endorsement by January 17, 2023.

The HIG endorsement does not guarantee selection of the session at the conference. The session will go through the regular SAH peer-review process before it is accepted for the conference. The session organizer submits the HIG-endorsed proposal to SAH. More information about the conference can be found through this link here.


INVITATION FOR ESSAYS – Interior Provocations: On Edge

We seek a number of history-focused essays to complete an edited volume based on the fifth
annual Interior Provocations symposium, “On Edge.” Like the symposium, the edited volume will
be composed of essays reflecting the research and work of historians and practitioners. Please
consider responding to the call below. For more information see
see the symposium website,

Every year, current events affect the directions of research and culture, but the influence of the
events of the last few years can not be overstated. Who can not say that the past two plus years
have not left them “on edge” in some way?

We are seeking essays that explore ways that interiors upset or institute our edges,
whether physical, conceptual or psychological, imagined, implied, necessary or
discriminatory in a historical context. We welcome work that explores these questions
from any period, culture or place. In seeking to reconsider the shift, need and power for
such edges as boundaries, thresholds and screens, we look both to the past and future
about how to accommodate fluidity, accessibility and security.

The broadly outlined theme reflects the interest in wide-ranging interpretation. We
encourage provocative and boundary-expanding proposals from historians that
challenge traditional assumptions and investigate overlooked parameters or influences.
In brief, we invite inquiry that sets our thinking about the fields of interior design on

Please submit a 300-word abstract with up to three images and a 2-page cv to: by October 19, 2022.

Erica Morawski (lead editor) – Assistant Professor of History of Art and Design, Pratt Institute
Deborah Schneiderman – Professor of Interior Design, Pratt Institute
Keena Suh – Associate Professor of Interior Design, Pratt Institute
Karyn Zieve – Assistant Professor of History of Art and Design, Pratt Institute
Interior Provocations has a history of publishing with Routledge. Previous publications include
Appropriated Interiors (2022, Deborah Schneiderman, Anca I. Lasc, and Karin Tehve, eds) and
Interior Provocations: History, Theory, and Practice of Autonomous Interiors (2021, Anca I Lasc,
Deborah Schneiderman, Keena Suh, Karin Tehve, Alexa Griffith Winton, and Karyn Zieve, eds.).


Boiseries: Decoration and Migration from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Thursday 12th & Friday 13th January 2023
Camden Place, Chislehurst (Kent)

This two-day conference investigates the cultural and commercial migrations of French eighteenth-century boiseries from their places of production in Paris and the Bâtiments du Roi to the drawing rooms of Britain and the United States. It will be the first major study of boiseries in the context of transatlantic cultural history and will build on the landmark studies of panelling as architectural salvage by Bruno Pons (1995, 2001) and the late John Harris (2007). The conference will bring together international experts and emerging scholars in the fields of art, architecture, history, and museums and heritage management and will form part of a programme of events marking the 150th anniversary of the death of Napoleon III at Camden Place.

Camden Place, where the conference will be held, is an English country house whose history and interiors have been shaped by the migration of people and decoration for over 300 years. Home to Chislehurst Golf Club, the Grade II* listed building features architectural elements by the British architects George Dance the Younger (1741–1825) and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart (1713–1788), and played host to the French Imperial court after the fall of the Empire in 1870. French chimney pieces, boiseries from the eighteenth-century Château de Bercy (demolished in 1862), and heavily carved oak panelling are among the elements that make up the house’s many layers, testifying both to the eclectic tastes of its nineteenth-century occupants and to the multifaceted, and multinational, histories of many English country houses.

Organised by Dr Lindsay Macnaughton (University of Buckingham) and Laura C. Jenkins (The Courtauld Institute of Art), with support from Chislehurst Golf Club, The Chislehurst Society, The University of Buckingham, and The Society for the Study of French History.

More information and registration here.


SAH Membership Grants for Emerging Professionals: Deadline September 30, 2022

SAH Membership Grants provide emerging scholars with a one-year digital SAH Individual membership to bridge the gap between the Society’s subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. These awards are intended for emerging scholars, regardless of age or employment status, who are new to the field of architectural history or its related disciplines. These grants are funded by the Society of Architectural Historians’ Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars.

These grants are intended to open membership in SAH to emerging scholars who are engaged in the study of architectural history and its related disciplines.

For more information:


Tania Kolarik to Chair 2023 SAH Session in Montreal

Student Spotlight | Tania Kolarik to Chair 2023 SAH Session in Montréal

Public Interiority Symposium Call for Symposium and Exhibition Proposals

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition at the University of Tennessee Knoxville prompts designers to address the intersections between experience-based interiority and the city. It expands interiority beyond the simple enclosure and asserts an equal claim on urbanity and the commons. This question about interiority’s nature is critical and timely in the design discipline as it broadens our notion of interiors. It recognizes interiority’s primary features—human-scaled, responsive, and phenomenologically driven spaces, regardless of enclosure.

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will be held in person at the University of Tennessee Knoxville on February 18, 2023with a public exhibition in the Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture from January 17-February 18, 2023. The symposium and exhibition establish a global platform to investigate public interiority.

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will examine design’s role in assembling conditional interiors outside the architectural enclosure—outdoor urban conditions of interiority provisionally generate (and are generated by) stimuli such as atmospheres, forms, programs, politics, and psychologies. Contemporary culture increasingly challenges the reductive nature of binary classifications. This fluidity should be understood to apply to definitions of interiority—places (interior, exterior, temporal, or even virtual) that enrich interactions and lived experience. This symposium and exhibition will question fundamental ideas about the nature of interiority and how it creates and is created by public life–within a range of scales, including infrastructural, architectural, bodily, and cognitive. It will also explore spatial practices that encourage inhabitants and designers to continually renegotiate and reassemble space beyond the confines of property, enclosure, and permanence. Forces like intimacy, temporality, and public interiority bear witness to the contemporary contexts within which they exist. The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will consider the consequences of architectural porosity and the resultant interior leakage into the city. Likewise, we ask how ambiance, perception, everyday usage, and public interest shape these cultural settings—addressing immediate and enduring needs for experiential communal places.

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition seeks to bring together designers and scholars from various design backgrounds, geographies, and experiences. Through this symposium and exhibition, participants will engage in design actions, stimulate discussion, and articulate latent futures within various mediated settings. The program will foster an environment for exchanging ideas, sharing creative works, and envisioning a holistic approach to designing conditional interiors.

We welcome papers and exhibition submissions considering interiority within an expanded and broad field. Submissions should orient toward public interiorities generated by atmospheres, programs, politics, psychologies, forms, and beyond. We also see these factors as an omnidirectional network. In other words, public interiority generates these phenomena, and these phenomena render public interiority. We will consider submissions with a wide variety of approaches to design: both theoretical and built-works, histories and futures, cultural and technical, and so forth.

For the exhibition, we welcome representational artifacts that stimulate discussion surrounding public interiority and all of its forms. These submissions include two-dimensional drawings, three-dimensional works, installation proposals, videos, and interactive events. The exhibition is open to scholars, design practitioners, artists, students, and anyone investigating interiority. We are interested in works from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences. The exhibition will be held at the University of Tennessee’s Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture from January 17-February 18, with the closing reception on the evening of the symposium.

For paper presentations, please submit abstracts with original, unpublished research of no more than 300 words, a 2-page cv, and three images to by October 15, 2022, midnight EST.

For exhibition submissions, please email a file-share link (OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Dropbox, etc.) containing a single jpg of the image and Word Doc. The Word Doc must include the size, media, author name, and a short description. The image must be at least 300dpi resolution and include crops. The following file naming conventions apply lastname_firstname.jpg and lastname_firstname.doc. Submissions not complying with the criteria will not be reviewed. Files will be blind-reviewed on screen by a jury and the exhibition team will print drawings. Submit to by October 15, 2022, midnight EST. Three-dimensional works and analog drawings will be shipped to the gallery before December 15, 2022. This process will be further coordinated upon acceptance. Note that proposals for an installation or interactive event should consider the size and shape of the gallery space, as well as materials and methods that are temporary and not precious (costly, hard to obtain, etc.). If selected, the exhibition team will work closely with the designer on installing the installation. Images of the gallery space are available HERE.

Accepted submissions for the symposium and exhibition will be notified by November 15, 2022.

Symposium + Exhibition Organizers, University of Tennessee

Liz Teston // Primary Contact

Hojung Kim, UTK

Marie Saldaña, UTK

Milagros Zingoni-Phielipp, UTK SoIA Director

Jason Young, UTK CoAD Dean


External Editorial Board

Amy Campos, California College of the Arts

Ladi’Sasha Jones, Princeton University PhD Candidate

Igor Siddiqui, University of Texas-Austin

Penny Sparke, Kingston University

Karin Tehve, Pratt Institute



HIG Past Events 2022

SAH Historic Interiors Group Education Roundtable, Friday, December 2nd, 12 to 1:30 pm EST

Coming up on the first Friday in December – The HIG Education Roundtable will focus on best practices and new ideas for the teaching of history of interior courses. This event will include short presentations from Mark Hinchman (University of Nebraska – Lincoln), Anca Lasc (Pratt Institute), Yelena McLane (Florida State University), and Mary Anne Beecher (Ohio State University). 

These experienced educators will comment on about what works in the classroom as well as share insights into challenges they have encountered. We will then invite all participants to contribute their viewpoints about resources and methods that help them succeed in the post-pandemic era of teaching the history of interiors.

Please join us! Register to receive the meeting link. Contact


HIG Event, Friday, November 4, 2022

From Dissertation to Book (and Everything in Between): Publishing Academic Research in the History of Interiors

12PM-1:30PM EST Zoom Event, Free & Open to the Public


This panel discussion will consider the resources available for publishing doctoral research in the field of historic interiors. Speakers include author Freyja Hartzell (Editor, West 86th), who has recently published her first book based on her dissertation research, Alice Tseng, Associate Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and James Thompson, Publisher in Architecture, Art and Visual Culture for Bloomsbury Publishing. The conversation will consider different venues for publication in the history of interiors, appropriate strategies for adapting dissertations for manuscript proposals, and the many challenges and opportunities in the process. The conversation will be moderated by Michelle Jackson-Beckett, a HIG Emerging Scholars member and recent graduate of Bard Graduate Center, who is currently in the process of publishing her own dissertation research in a new book with Oxford University Press.

Freyja Hartzell, Assistant Professor at Bard Graduate Center, Editor of West 86th and author of Richard Riemerschmid’s Extraordinary Living Things (MIT Press, 2022)

Alice Tseng, Associate Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Humanities Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, Boston University

James Thompson, Publisher in Architecture, Art and Visual Culture for Bloomsbury Publishing Moderated by Michelle Jackson-Beckett, recent PhD (Bard Graduate Center) and author of the forthcoming book Vienna and the New Wohnkultur, 1918-1938 (Oxford University Press).


HIG Annual Emerging Scholars Symposium: June 10 and June 17, 2022

UPDATE: Links to Session 1 and 2 here:

This symposium, sponsored by the SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG), will bring together Emerging Scholars and early-career professionals from across the globe to discuss digitality in relation to the study and practice of historic interiors. The shift to virtual work and learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provoked lively debate among scholars and students about the benefits, and risks, of substituting digital platforms for built space. More sustained attention is required, however, to assess the impact of digital media on interiors as a discipline—particularly where the interiors involved predate digitization as either a resource or a methodology.

Addressing a wide range of issues from globalization to community access, preservation to pedagogy, this symposium will consider digital and new media from the perspective of the historic to elucidate the ways in which they interact with, improve, complicate, or threaten the study of traditionally material culture and analog records. Topics might include, but are not limited to, digital methods of research and conservation, such as 3D modeling or databasing of interiors archives; digital technology within the historic interior, including ‘smart’ displays and app-based guides; or interiors that are themselves digital, such as Zoom classrooms, Open Access libraries, and virtual museum tours. The aim of the symposium is proactively to reflect on how the digital informs not only how we, as historians, go about answering questions but also which questions we ask.

The symposium will consist of two 90-minute events hosted virtually over 2 weeks. Each event will feature a panel of 3–4 speakers who will introduce their research in brief 10-minute presentations and then engage in 30 minutes of thematic discussion moderated by a chair of the HIG Emerging Scholars Committee.

More information and registration here:


SAH 2022 April 27-May 1st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The program for the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, to be held in Pittsburgh is now available. HIG’s Events Committee will be providing a detailed guide to the conference, highlighting your several events that may be of interest.

For those attending the SAH 2022 Conference please see a guide compiled by the HIG Events and Conferences Committee to highlight sessions of interest to HIG members. These include:

  • HIG Business Meeting and By-Laws Vote, UPDATED TIME: Thursday 4/28/2022 1:30 – 2:30 PM ET; please see Zoom link in recent blog posts.
  • HIG Sponsored Session:  Electric Interiors from the Nineteenth Century Until Today, 4/29/2022 11:00 AM – 1:10 PM
  • “Architecture, Interiors, and the Expanded Field,” Friday 4/29/2022 9:35 AM – 9:55 AM


HIG Book Event: March 28, 2022

Monday, March 28, 2pm EST

(11 am PST, 12 pm MST, 1 pm CST, 7:00 GMT)

New Approaches to Interiors in New Books

Organized by the SAH Historic Interiors Group (HIG), this online event concerns methods and approaches to race, gender, sexuality and politics in two new books which can help in understanding historic interiors.

  • Kristina Wilson, Mid-Century Modernism and the America Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design (Princeton U. Press, 2021)
  • Stephen Vider, The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II (U. of Chicago Press, 2021)

See more details in this blog post.

The SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG) invites you to attend its first annual New Research Symposium: Interiors and their Histories. Established in 2020, HIG is an Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians dedicated to the study of historic interiors. The symposium is the first in an annual program designed to showcase the research of emerging scholars from around the world and across a variety of disciplines including design, preservation, history and education.

The event will take place via a live Zoom webinar on May 21st, 12:00–3:30 PM Eastern Time (ET).

Registration is free and open to the public.

Webinar registration:


Exhibiting interiors / interior exhibitions

Neo-Georgian Design and Display: The Buxted Park Project, Helen Glaister

Feigning Sleep: Role-Play and Self-Representation in Casa Miller (1936–1942), Gerlinde Verhaeghe

Looking beyond Seeing: Assessing the Interwar Interior as Mediated, Vanessa Vanden Berghe

Turkish Cozy Corner: Women’s Fantasy or Reality, Ulker Sedef Piker

Spatial educations

Forcing Houses: School Environments in the Sanitary Age, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell

Ourobors of Memory: Interiors of the GULAG History State Museum in Moscow, Maria Mikaelyan

The Whitney from the Inside Out: Tracing the Interior Environment of the Whitney Museum of American Art from Artist’s Studio to Mid-Century Modern, Lauren McQuistion

Spatial Productions of Modernity: Taksim Municipal Gazino, Istanbul (1939–1967), Begüm Sena Önal and Meltem Gürel

Between architecture and archive

Unfolding the Archive: Delineating themes and approaches in the work of Belgian interior architects Bataille & ibens, Eva Storgaard

Vienna’s Other Modernism: Exhibitions of Modern Dwelling, 1927–1937, Michelle Jackson-Beckett

Rooms of Her Own: a Gendered Spatial Analysis of Women’s Professional and Social Clubs in Victorian and Edwardian London, Bethany Claus Widick

A Walnut Campaign Table, a Chocolate Pot, and a Dozen Clay Vessels: Unpacking a Room in a Seventeenth-Century Spanish Manor, Alberto Sanchez-Sanchez

For questions, please contact: (Paula Lupkin, Chair, HIG).

For membership information, please visit: