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Monday, September 24, 2012

Material Culture Conference

The Material Culture Area of PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American
Culture Association) <http://www.pcaaca.org> is pleased to announce the
Call for Proposals for the 2013 National Conference, to be held at
the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC, March 27–30, 2013. You are
invited to submit proposals now through Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
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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, architecture as
object, design, 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 Boston. Academics, practitioners,
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, branding
and marketing trends, and a wide range of associated topics.
Selected works may be considered for publication in an edited volume after
presentation.

Submission Guidelines:
If you are interested in presenting, or have any questions about the
conference, please visit <http://pcaaca.org>. To submit an abstract for
consideration, please visit <http://ncp.pcaaca.org/> before Tuesday,
December 4, 2012 (between 100 and 250 words, please). *Please be sure to
select Material Culture as the area to which you submit your abstract!*

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