We invite proposals for the 6th annual symposium, which provides graduate students and other emerging scholars with a venue for interdisciplinary conversation relating to the study of material life and culture. Participants are free of chronological and topical restraints but are strongly encouraged to engage with contemporary issues pertaining to the study of objects and to give particular attention to their own use of objects, whether as evidence, within a theoretical discourse, or within a comparative context. Past symposia have included presenters from the fields of American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Consumer Studies, English, History, 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 Winterthur 's unparalleled collection of early American decorative arts.
Submissions : The proposal should be no more than 300 words and should clearly indicate both the topic and the critical approach taken. Preference will be given to papers that address contemporary issues in material culture studies and that are analytic rather than descriptive. Send your proposal, along with a current c.v. (no more than two pages), to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Proposals must be received by Monday, November 12, 2007.
Speakers will be notified of the vetting committee's decision by early January 2008. 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 February 25, 2008. Travel grants will be available for all speakers.
Nicholas R. Bell
Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
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