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CFP: Material Culture/ The Public Lives of Things

The Public Lives of Things
Seventh Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Saturday 25 April 2009

The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware
invites submissions for papers to be given at the Seventh Annual
Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars.

Focus: Supported in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities
grant for public engagement in the humanities, this year's symposium
encourages graduate students and other emerging scholars to submit
papers that align their object-based research with some aspect of its
potential role in society at large. Within that context, we seek
diversity in topics, chronology, and disciplinary approaches. Travel
grants will be available for all presenters. Disciplines represented
at past symposia include American studies, anthropology, archaeology,
consumer studies, English, history, museum studies and the histories
of art, architecture, design and technology.

Format: The symposium will consist of nine presentations divided into
three panels. Each presentation is limited to twenty minutes and each
panel is followed by comments from established scholars in the field.
There will be two morning sessions and one afternoon session, with
breaks for discussion following each session and over lunch.

Participants will also have the opportunity to tour behind the scenes
at Winterthur's unparalleled collection of early American decorative arts.

Submissions: The proposal should be no more than 300 words and should
clearly indicate the focus of your object-based research, the critical
approach you take toward that research, and the significance of your
research in the wider community. While the audience for the symposium
consists mainly of university and college faculty and graduate
students, we encourage broader participation. In evaluating proposals, we will give preference to those papers that keep that broader
audience in mind. Send your proposal, along with a current c.v. (no
more than two pages), to

Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 pm on Friday, 30 January
2009. Speakers will be notified of the vetting committee's decision
by late February 2009. Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide
symposium organizers with digital images for use in publicity and are
required to submit a final draft of their papers by 16 March 2009.


Laura Walikainen, Department of History, University of Delaware.
Katie Wood, Department of Art History, University of Delaware.
Bess Williamson

Program in the History of American Civilization
Department of History
University of Delaware

The Seventh Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars (MCSES)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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