This panel explores the ways in which scholars of diverse disciplines contend with the material culture of domestic interiors in seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth-century America. We welcome papers that address sources and discuss method in relation to investigations of interior design, collecting, and display, with a particular focus on the function of individual objects within spaces. Proposed papers might explore—but are not limited to—the ways in which individuals and families assemble, display, and use fine and decorative arts within their homes; how objects function within domestic spaces and are conveyors of competitive and often contradictory meanings; or the various relationships that exist between the domestic interior and social and political identities. We seek a broad disciplinary range and encourage submissions from literary historians, social and political historians, archaeologists, as well as art and architectural historians. Panel Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Chew, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amy Henderson, University of Delaware (email@example.com).
Society of Early Americanists 6th Biennial Conference, Bermuda, March 4-7, 2009.
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