Details regarding the conference may be found at http://swtxpca.org. Proposals for individual presentations are being accepted for the Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, Collections Area and related topics. Look under the section Material Culture for this area which is only a subset of the entire association. Though the 2012 conference theme Food & Culture(s) in a Global Context, proposals will be considered for all collecting oriented subjects. We also seek proposals for entire panels as well as roundtable discussions concerning Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, and Collections.
Some areas of consideration include, but are not limited to:
Collections/Collecting/Collectors/collectibles in popular culture
Collections in libraries, archives or museums
Collections/Collecting/Collectibles in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Folk Art Collections and Collectibles
Collections and collectors in literature, film, theatre
The history of collecting
Early American collections and Americana
Collections of Native American, African American, Asian American, and Latina/o cultures(and others)
Private or public collections
The impulse to collect.
Collecting and political correctness.
Legal issues regarding collecting/collections.
The business of collecting - buying and selling, mediating value - the dealer, the picker, the agent.
The impact of the Internet (including eBay and like sites) on collecting.
Relationships between collectors and curators.
Collecting as community activity.
Collecting as scholarship.
Collectors' organizations (car clubs, stamp clubs, costume jewelry collectors' groups, etc.), their functions, their controversies.
What is an "authentic" collectible?
Collecting the immaterial (places, memories, people, websites, words, etc.)
Scholars, artists, curators, and other professionals are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are welcome, with award opportunities for the best graduate papers. Please visit the organization website for more information about this conference. http://www.swtxpca.org.
This area is also looking for moderators for the panels. Please respond to the contact below if you are interested in assisting as a moderator.
Papers should be approximately 20 minutes long (8-10 pages) and should be original works of scholarship that have not been presented or published elsewhere. Proposals for entire panels should include 3-4 presentations/papers. Roundtables should be approximately 90 minutes long. Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 200-250 word for papers, panels, and roundtables may be submitted to http://conference2012.swtxpca.org or sent to Kathrin Dodds at the email or physical address below by December 15, 2011.
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409
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