9th Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars (Apr 2011, Delaware)

Date: 16 April 2011
Deadline for submission: 24 November 2010

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

Focus: Objects order the social body and mediate cultural interactions. Yet, at the same time, objects can be deployed against established structures. Whether designed to effect change or repurposed to undermine normative practices, objects often revolt against social, cultural, intellectual, economic and political systems. This conference seeks papers that explore the creation, use and manipulation of things as they reorder our world.

Travel grants of up to $300 will be available for presenters. 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.

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. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Winterthur’s unparalleled collection of early American decorative arts.

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, along with a current c.v. (no more than two
pages), to emerging.scholars@gmail.com.

Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Speakers will be notified of the vetting committee’s decision in January 2011.

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 4, 2011.

2011 Emerging Scholars Co-chairs

Virginia Garnett, Department of English
Theodore Triandos, Department of Art History
Alessandra Wood, Department of History, American Civilization
University of Delaware

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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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