"Material Cultures/Material Worlds"
The conference organizers seek papers and panels that investigate elements of the material world belonging to the long nineteenth century. Topics may include collecting, possession(s), things and thing theories, realism, hoarding, bric-a-brac, souvenirs, historic houses (interiors and rooms), buildings and “truth to materials,” collecting folklore and songs, Atlantic trade, colonial objects, commodity fetishism, animals as things (taxidermy, zoos, taxonomies), people as things (slavery, human zoos, relics, death masks), cabinets of curiosity, closets, antiquities, museum displays, theatrical stages and sets, textures, books and manuscripts as objects, the materiality of texts, art materials, food, fraudulent items or the luxury trade. We invite alternate interpretations of the theme as well.
Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper abstracts should include author's name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.
Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference if the proposal is accepted. Please see the NCSA website for additional information and requirements http://www.ncsaweb.net