“Material Cultures/Material Worlds,” NCSA 2015

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Dates: March26-28, 2014

Location: Boston, MA

CFP/NCSA Website

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. The committee invites 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 ncsaboston2015@gmail.com. Paper abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. The organizers welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.

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