CFP: Commonplace Yet Extraordinary

Call for Papers

Commonplace Yet Extraordinary: Design Histories of Everyday Objects
Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington DE
May 16, 2008

Sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
at the Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware

Biographies of everyday objects are a burgeoning area of study in design
history, and are well supported by Hagley's growing collection of designers'
papers including those of Raymond Loewy, Marc Harrison, Thomas Lamb and
Richard Hollerith.

We invite scholars pursuing innovative research in this area to submit paper
proposals for a symposium on Friday May 16, 2008. The symposium's theme is
the histories of design processes that created everyday objects, such as
appliances, tools, equipment, and miscellaneous things commonly used in
homes, offices, factories, and public spaces. We discourage proposals on
motor vehicles, clothing, furniture, or buildings. Papers should be
historically grounded and analyze the interactions between designers,
producers, and users. Perspectives from history, art history, design
history, sociology, material culture studies as well as other disciplines
are welcome.

Paper proposals are due by December 1, 2007 and should consist of a short cv
and an abstract of no more than 500 words.

Presenters' travel expenses will be covered by Hagley.

Send proposals to Carol Lockman, email:, fax
302-655-3188, or Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, Wilmington DE 19807


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