CFP: Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars

Material Matters
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware
invites submissions for papers to be given at the Tenth Annual Material
Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars.

Focus: Object-based research has the potential to expand and even reinvent
our understanding of culture and history. In honor of the tenth anniversary
of the MCSES, we seek a broad range of papers from emerging material
culture scholars. Whether exploring the latest theories, viewing existing
material through a new lens, or reinterpreting standing historical
conversations with an object-based focus, proposed papers should exemplify
the possibilities in material culture research. In exploring these material
matters, we hope to promote an interdisciplinary discussion on the state of
material culture studies today.

Disciplines represented at past symposia include American studies,
anthropology, archaeology, consumer studies, English, gender studies,
history, museum studies and the histories of art, architecture, design and
technology. We welcome proposals from graduate students, postdoctoral
scholars, and those just beginning their teaching or professional careers.

Format: The symposium will consist of nine presentations divided into three
panels. Each presentation is limited to twenty minutes, and each panel is
followed by comments from established scholars in the field. There will be
two morning sessions and one afternoon session, with breaks for discussion
following each session and during lunch. This year's keynote speaker is
Kariann Yokota, assistant professor of history and American studies at Yale
University. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour
Winterthur’s unparalleled collection of early American decorative arts and
to engage in a roundtable discussion on Friday, April 13. Travel grants of
up to $300 will be available for presenters.

Submissions: The proposal should be no more than 300 words and should
clearly indicate the focus of your object-based research, the critical
approach you take toward that research, and the significance of your
research beyond the academy. While the audience for the symposium consists
mainly of university and college faculty and graduate students, we
encourage broader participation. In evaluating proposals, we will give
preference to those papers that keep a more diverse audience in mind.

Send your proposal, with a current c.v. of no more than two pages, to

Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16,
2011. Speakers will be notified of the vetting committee’s decision in
January 2012.

Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide symposium organizers with
digital images for use in publicity and are required to submit a final
draft of their papers by March 5, 2012.

2012 Emerging Scholars Co-Chairs
Nalleli Guillen, Alison Kreitzer & Anne Reilly
Department of History, American Civilization Program
University of Delaware


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