CFP: 2012 MESDA CONFERENCE on American Material Culture

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 MESDA CONFERENCE on American Material Culture
Deadline: May 15, 2012

The seventh biennial MESDA Conference for recent research in the field of early American material culture and decorative arts will take place on October 25-27, 2012 at the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee. The conference provides the only major forum for scholarly presentation and interaction on American material culture and decorative arts with specific emphasis on the South. The MESDA Conference includes the Gordon Seminar, a day of presentations on a variety of topics in American material culture. The conference also includes a day of field trips to regional material culture sites and decorative arts collections in east Tennessee. Scholars and graduate students in American studies, southern studies, decorative arts and other fields as they relate to early southern material culture are invited to submit proposals. Papers are to be twenty minutes in length. Subjects with an interdisciplinary approach and with emphasis on the study of southern decorative arts and material culture are highly encouraged.

Proposals will be accepted for individual papers or for panel sessions. Paper proposals must include the author’s name, the paper title, a one‐page abstract, and the author’s curriculum vitae. Session proposals must include a chair, list of presenters, cover letter, a one‐page summary of the session theme, presenter curriculum vitae, and abstracts for all papers.

Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2012

Notification of acceptance will be received by June 15, 2012.

Accepted papers must be submitted in full by September 15, 2010.

Electronic submission in Word format is preferred. Submit emailed proposals to Sally Gant :

Or send hard copies to:
Sally Gant, MESDA Conference
924 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Phone: 336-721-7361 Fax: 336-721-7367

For conference information, visit

Conference registrar Martha Ashley: 336-721-7360 or email


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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