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Monday, April 21, 2008

CFP: MESDA Conference on American Material Culture

From H-Material Culture:

CALL FOR PAPERS

MESDA CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN MATERIAL CULTURE
October 9, 10 and 11, 2008

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts presents its sixth biennial conference for recent research in early American material culture and decorative arts on October 9 - 11, 2008

The conference provides a major forum for scholarly presentation and interaction on American material culture and decorative arts.

In addition to a keynote address by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Professor of American Decorative Arts and Material Culture at Yale University, the conference includes a day of field trips to regional material culture and decorative arts collections and the Gordon Seminar, a day of paper presentations on topics in American material culture. Session moderators will be Dr. Cooke, Dr. Katherine C. Grier, University of Delaware and Dr.David Lubin, Wake Forest University.

Scholars and graduate students in fields related to American and particularly southern material culture are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the Gordon Seminar. Subjects with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of material culture are highly encouraged.

Proposals will be accepted for individual papers or for panel sessions. Paper proposals must include the author's name, the paper title, a one-page abstract and the author's curriculum vitae. Session proposals must include a chair, list of presenters, cover letter, one-page summary of the session theme, presenter curriculum vitae, and abstracts for all papers.

Deadline for proposals: May 16
Notification of acceptance: June 13
Accepted papers submitted in full: September 1

Proposals for individual papers or panel sessions may be sent to:

Sally Gant
MESDA Conference
P. O. Box 10310
Winston-Salem, NC 27108-0310
Email: sgant@oldsalem.org
Electronic submission in Word format is preferred.

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