The Vernacular Architecture Forum is soliciting proposals from academics, consultants, and other scholars for presentations at its Annual Meeting to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 12-16, 2004. The conference theme is “Pennsylvania German Architecture and Landscape, 1720-1920.” Papers may address any aspect of vernacular architecture from any geographic region worldwide. They should be primarily analytical rather than descriptive. The committee especially encourages submissions investigating topics related to the conference theme.
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’s Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture series. One-time fellowships awards may be available to students and young professionals whose papers have been accepted.
Proposals should include a title for the paper and the author’s name, address, email address, and telephone and fax numbers. The proposals should be single-sided, a maximum of 400 words, 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 October 15, 2003. Accepted papers, tailored to the prescribed time limits, must be submitted in full to the session chairs by March 15, 2004. Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference.
Please send proposals to:
Warren R. Hofstra
Department of History
1460 University Drive
Winchester, Virginia 22601
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