Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment
Call for Papers - LGBTQ HERITAGE | Spring 2019
Guest Editor: Ken Lustbader
In spite of the immense historic and cultural contributions of LGBTQ Americans, the
LGBTQ community at large is among the least represented in our national, state, and
local designation programs. To date, only eleven of the more than 92,000 sites on the
National Register of Historic Places have been listed for their primary association with
LGBTQ history. This underrepresentation has prevented effective advocacy and
educational opportunities, leaving potentially significant sites and histories
unappreciated, uncelebrated, and potentially endangered.
Over the past five years there has been growing recognition of the importance of
LGBTQ place-based history by cultural heritage professionals, historians, and
advocates. Place-based heritage provides a unique opportunity to illustrate the
richness of LGBTQ history and the community’s contributions to American culture.
Examples include historic sites associated with arts and architecture, important social
centers such as bars and LGBTQ organization locations, places related to oppression
and protest, and residences of notable figures.
This issue, published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall
Uprising, will explore questions related to LGBTQ cultural heritage: What are the
challenges in identifying an often invisible and, at times, transient and denied history?
How can historians and preservationists ensure for diverse representation of LGBTQ
communities? How does one address significance and architectural integrity when
recognizing LGBTQ sites that are often architecturally undistinguished and frequently
We welcome contributions from US and international contexts on a range of topics:
researching and documenting LGBTQ place-based sites; exploring rural, urban, and
suburban LGBTQ narratives; approaches for categorization of resource types and
cultural significance; challenges related to official recognition of LGBTQ-related sites;
and solutions for interpretation and educational opportunities.
Submissions may include case studies, theoretical explorations, evaluations of current
practices, or presentations of arts- or web-based projects related to LGBTQ cultural
Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 5 January 2018. Authors will be notified of
provisional paper acceptance by 19 January 2018. Final manuscript submissions
will be due mid May 2018.
Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent
to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images.
See Author Guidelines for full details at cotjournal.com, or email Senior Associate
Editor, Kecia Fong at email@example.com for further information.