The Vernacular Architecture Forum or VAF is soliciting papers for its 2003 Annual Meeting. If you are not familiar with the VAF, we define the term "vernacular architecture" broadly to include traditional domestic and agricultural buildings, industrial and commercial structures,twentieth-century suburban houses, settlement patterns, and culturallandscapes. Each year, the VAF holds an annual meeting and conference, which typically includes tours and site visits on Thursday and Friday and paper sessions, followed by a banquet, on Saturday. For more information on the organization, please refer to its website.
To encourage the study and preservation of these telling and valuablematerial resources, the Vernacular Architecture Forum was formed in 1980. In both membership and methods, the VAF embraces the value of multi-disciplinary interaction. Historians, archaeologists, folklorists, designers, architectural historians, geographers, museum curators, and historic preservationists contribute substantially to the organization. Equally wide ranging are the interests and research subjects of our members.
The VAF welcomes new scholars and their scholarship. Students and those beginning their careers, who are selected to present their work during the Saturday paper sessions, may qualify for awards to cover their costs for attending the annual meeting.
To assist those who choose to prepare a paper proposal, the Call for Papers is attached and copied below. Even those who do not choose to submit a paper proposal are welcome to attend the conference.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Vernacular Architecture Forum
2003 Annual Meeting
St-Pierre et Miquelon
The Vernacular Architecture Forum is soliciting proposals from academics, consultants, and other scholars for presentations at its Annual Meeting to be held in St-Pierre et Miquelon, a French Collective Territory off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, June 5 through 8, 2003. Papers may address any aspect of vernacular architecture in the United States, Canada, France, or elsewhere. They should be primarily analytical rather than descriptive. The selection committee especially welcomes proposals investigating the
maritime and provincial architecture of French and British North America.
Proposals may be for either a twenty-minute paper on a subject the author has extensively researched or a ten-minute "work in progress" report. Selection will be based on the proposed paper's original contribution to the study of vernacular architecture. Papers presented at the meeting will be considered for publication in the VAF Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture series. One-time fellowship awards may be available to students and young professionals whose papers have been accepted.
Presenters should not that, due to the limited facilities of these tiny North Atlantic islands, the number of conference attendees will likely be capped at between 100 and 120 and the number of concurrent paper sessions likely held to two.
Proposals should include a title for the paper and the author's name, address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers. The proposals should be single-sided (400-word maximum) and accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae. They must state the argument of the paper, discuss the methodology, and lay out scope and content. Only one submission per author will be accepted.
Proposals must be postmarked by September 16, 2002. The selection committee will notify proposers about acceptance by December 2, 2002, approximately two months prior to the opening of conference registration. Accepted papers, tailored to the prescribed time limits, must be submitted in full to the session chairs by March 15, 2003. Presenters must deliver their papers in person at the conference and be VAF members at that time. Please submit proposals to Marvin A. Brown at his mailing address.
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