CFP: Heritage: Past, Present, and Future

From H-Material Culture:

Proposals are now being accepted for papers to be presented at the upcoming conference "Heritage: Past, Present, and Future," which will be held October 3-4, 2008 in Cooperstown, New York. This interdisciplinary conference marks the centennial of the birth of Louis C. Jones, and explores his legacy in the field of heritage preservation.

Presentations should explore the history, current state, and/or future of the heritage preservation field, with special emphasis on the ideals espoused by Dr. Jones including the perpetuation of traditional craft, study of material culture, and commitment to the common folk. Submissions are encouraged from individuals working in all areas of heritage preservation, including museums, archives, historic preservation, documentary film, public archeology, and folklore. Proposals that directly address Dr. Jones's pioneering contributions are strongly encouraged, as are those that explore new ways to not only preserve elements of the past but to make them accessible and relevant to audiences today.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a master's degree program in history museum studies founded by Dr. Jones in 1964 and affiliated with the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association, as well as its alumni organization, the Cooperstown Graduate Association. The New York State Historical Association, which will host the conference at its Fenimore Art Museum, was directed by Louis C. Jones from 1947 to 1972.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations, although panels, workshops, films or other alternative formats will also be considered. Please list any audio-visual equipment or other needs at the conclusion of the proposal. The Cooperstown Graduate Program will not be able to pay travel costs or honoraria for speakers, although registration fees for the conference will be waived.

Send a one-page proposal and brief curriculum vitae, including telephone numbers and email address, in Microsoft Word 2004 format to . Hard copies can be sent to Cynthia Falk, Cooperstown Graduate Program, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, New York 13326. Proposals must be received by April 1.

Cynthia G. Falk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Material Culture
Cooperstown Graduate Program
SUNY Oneonta
P.O. Box 800
5838 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
607-547-8926 (fax)


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