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7th Biennial on Construction History

Quarrying History



Indiana University, Bloomington

May 29-30, 2020

We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit presentation and paper abstracts on subjects relating to the Americas for the 7th Biennial Meeting on Construction History, to be held in Bloomington, IN at Indiana University. The meeting will be hosted by the Construction History Society of America and Indiana University on May 29-30, 2020and follows successful meetings of the CHSA held in College Park, MD (2018), Seattle, WA (10thAnniversary Members’ Meeting 2017), Austin, TX (2016), Minneapolis MN (2014), Cambridge MA (2012), Philadelphia PA (2010), and Atlanta GA (2008).

Some of the finest limestone in the United States can be found in the hills around Bloomington, Indiana, and stonecutters sourcedthe stone from massive quarries and build facades of prominent buildings such as the Washington National Cathedral, the Empire State Building, and the Pentagon.  CHSA is pleased to announce a tour to explore a working mill and a historic quarry as part of the conference schedule.

Abstracts for Presentation 

Abstracts for presentationimply that the author(s) intent is to present the subject within a 20-minute slideshow.  

CHSA encourages authors to also submit full papers to ConstructionHistory according to their publication schedules. The acceptance of an abstract for the CHSA Meeting does not exempt papers from the Journal’s review process


Each abstract must include:                        

  • authors’ names, contact information, institutional affiliations

  • an abstract of 4000 characters (maximum)

  • key words (selected, if possible, from the list of topics and subjects),

  • a one-page curriculum vitae indicating contact information, status, laboratory affiliation if relevant, and publications or other relevant work for each author.

  • All presentations must be in English and related to Construction in North and South America. 




Abstract topics may include:

Stereotomy and Stone Construction

History and construction of specific projects

History of the building trades or specific builders

Organization of construction work

Wages and the economics of construction

The development of building codes and regulations

Trade unions and guilds

Military or Army Corps of Engineers

Structural analysis and the development of structural forms

Development of construction tools, cranes, scaffolding, etc

Building techniques in response to their environments

Building materials, their history, production and use

History of services (heating, lighting etc.) in buildings

The changing role of the professions in construction

Building archaeology

Computer simulation, experimentation and reconstruction

Use of construction history for dating of historic fabric

Recording, preservation and conservation

Construction in architectural writing

The role of construction history in education

The bibliography of construction history

The theory and practice of construction history


Important Dates:


January 2, 2020                        Abstract Deadline

January 15, 2020                       Online Registration Open

February 1, 2020                       Author Notification

February 15, 2020                     Authors must register by this date

May 29-30, 2020                       7thBiennial Meeting on Construction History