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CFP: Victorian Collections and Collecting (3/14/2014; 10/16-18/2014)

Victorian Collections & Collecting
California State University, Fullerton
October 16-18, 2014
Deadline: March 14, 2014

Keynote speaker: Anne Helmreich (Senior Program Office, The Getty Foundation; Art History, Case Western) is the author of The English Garden and National Identity, the Competing Styles of Garden Design, 1870-1914, and numerous articles and book chapters on the art and architecture of nineteenth-century Great Britain. 

We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Collecting/Collections and commodity culture
  • Connoisseurship, expertise, and elites
  • Collected works and Oeuvres
  • Communities/coteries of taste
  • Art, museums, and curation
  • Collecting science and nature
  • Congregations, Crowds, Masses, Mobs
  • Collecting and empire
  • Competitive collecting
  • Collecting and Entrepreneurship
  • Eccentric and eclectic collections
  • Centripetal and centrifugal forces
  • Collecting among the nouveau riche
  • Periodicals as collections
  • Collecting as a response to modernity
  • Cataloging, indexing, and taxonomies
  • Neo-Victorian and steampunk collections
  • Genres of collection: Anthologies, Albums, Compilations, Compendia
  • Hoarding and obsession

California State University, Fullerton is a major regional university in a vital, flourishing area that includes Orange County, metropolitan Los Angeles and the expanding Inland Empire. The campus is set in Fullerton in north Orange County, about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, 21 miles east of nearby beaches, and just minutes from Disneyland.

To submit: Email a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV (name on both) to visawus2014@gmail.com by March 14, 2014.

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