The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for its Annual Meeting in Fresno, California, May 7-10, 2008. The conference theme is “In the Garden of the Sun: California’s San Joaquin Valley.” Although papers may address any aspect of the cultural landscape worldwide, submissions are welcomed on topics related to the conference theme, such as the settlement of the San Joaquin Valley, the New Deal in California, agricultural landscapes of the North American West, the immigrant experience and the shaping of communities, the spatial and social impact of railroads and irrigation canals, Native American communities, and vernacular landscapes of the National Parks. Also encouraged are proposals for complete thematic sessions, roundtable discussions, and any innovative means that facilitates scholarly discourse. VAF encourages paper and session proposals from graduates and undergraduate students, and from individuals involved in cultural resources management and preservation.
Proposals may be for a twenty-minute paper, or for a ten-minute “work in progress/notes from the field” presentation. Papers should be theoretical or analytical in nature, rather than descriptive. Presenter Fellowships are available to students and young professionals. For more information on the Annual Meeting and Presenter Fellowships see http://vernaculararchitectureforum.org
Deadline: October 1, 2007.
Proposals must: be one-page; be fewer than 400 words; include paper title, author’s name and email address; state clearly the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Please send a one-page CV.
Accepted papers must be submitted in full to the session chairs by March 14, 2008. Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference.
Electronic submissions in Word format are preferred. Please send email proposals to Gretchen.Buggeln@valpo.edu , or hardcopies to Gretchen Buggeln, VAF c/o Christ College, 1300 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, 46383.
For information about the Fresno VAF Meeting, contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton at email@example.com
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