The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for its Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 19-22, 2010. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions are encouraged to explore topics related to the conference theme of residential development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including planned communities, suburban living, apartment housing, urban renewal, and racial and ethnic neighborhoods. Papers should be twenty-minutes in length, although proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions, or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are also welcome.
Proposals must be one-page, fewer than 400 words, and include paper title, author's name, and email address. Please state clearly the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Papers should be theoretical or analytical in nature, rather than descriptive. Attach a one-page CV to your proposal submission. The deadline for proposals is September 10, 2009.
Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference and submit their papers to their session chair by April 1, 2010, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on May 22. Presenter Fellowships to offset registration costs are available to students and recent graduates. For more information on Presenter Fellowships see http://www.vafweb.org/awards/presenter.html.
Electronic submissions of proposals and CVs in Word format are preferred. Please send email proposals to or hard copies to Cynthia Falk, VAF c/o Cooperstown Graduate Program, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326. For general information about the Washington, D.C. VAF Meeting, contact Lisa Davidson at or 202-354-2179.
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