2011 Nat’l Conf of the Material Culture Area of PCA/ACA (Apr 2011, San Antonio USA)

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 2011 National Conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, Wednesday, April 20– Saturday, April 23. You are invited to submit proposals now through December 15, 2010.

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, design, decorative arts, cultural studies, consumer 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 San Antonio. 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, if you think your work might fit in the material culture area, we encourage you to send an abstract. Please feel free to forward this call to those who may be interested.

Selected works may be published in an edited volume after presentation.

Submission Guidelines:
If you are interested in presenting, or have any questions, please send an abstract of between 150–350 words to:

Dr. Alex Bitterman
School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
3404 Booth Hall
73 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603

Deadline for submission:  Midnight EST, December 15, 2009.

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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