The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

CP: Popular Culture Association National Conference

From: H-Material Culture:

CFP: Material Culture Area
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2009 National
Conference, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8 through April 11

The study of material culture offers an exciting area for interdisciplinary research and conversation, as it brings together those engaged in scholarly inquiry in areas as diverse as history, art history, decorative arts, cultural studies, literature, communications, anthropology, and sociology. If your work touches on the study of designed objects and consumer goods, we would love to learn more about it at this year's conference in New Orleans. Graduate students, museum professionals, and public historians are welcome.

Past presentations in this area have focused on decorative arts and the construction of literary characters, the material culture of poverty, commemorative items, historic and modern furnishings and fashion, marketing trends, and a wide range of additional topics.

Submission Guidelines:
If you are interested in presenting, please send an abstract of between 100 and 250 words by 30 November 2008 to Ella Howard at the contact information below. Email submissions are preferred. I am also happy to answer any questions about the ACA/PCA Conference or the Material Culture Area.

Ella Howard
Assistant Professor of History
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 344-3349

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