MESDA Conference on American Material Culture – Call for Papers
MESDA Conference on American Material Culture October 28-30, 2010
Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, Georgia
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts seeks papers for its biennial
MESDA Conference in American Material Culture. Papers on topics relating
to early American and southern material culture are encouraged from
scholars, curators, and graduate students in American studies, southern
studies, decorative arts, history, art history and other related fields.
Subjects with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of 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
The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2010.
Notification of acceptance will be received by June 15, 2010. Accepted
papers must be submitted in full by September 1, 2010.
Electronic submissions in MS Word format are preferred. Please send
proposals to: MESDAEducation@oldsalem.org
Or via US Mail to:
MESDA Conference on American Material Culture
924 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
The MESDA Conference in American Material Culture provides the only major
forum for scholarly presentation and interaction on American material
culture and decorative arts. In 2010 it will be held at the Madison-Morgan
Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia. In addition to a keynote address by
Dr. Bernard L. Herman, George B. Tindall Professor, Department of American
Studies, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the conference
also includes a day of field trips to regional material culture and
decorative arts collections in the Georgia Piedmont.
For more information on the MESDA Conference as it becomes available visit
Daniel K. Ackermann
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts & Old Salem Toy Museum
Escape the present. Visit Old Salem.