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MESDA Conference on American Material Culture
October 28 – 30, 2010
Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison Georgia

The seventh biennial MESDA Conference for recent research in the field of early American material culture and decorative arts will take place on October 28-30, 2010 at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia.

The conference provides a major forum for scholarly presentation and interaction on American material culture and decorative arts. Dr. Bernard L. Herman, George B. Tindall Professor, Department of American Studies, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will deliver the conference keynote.

The MESDA Conference includes the Gordon Seminar, a day of presentations on a variety of topics in American material culture moderated by Dale L. Couch, curator of decorative arts, the Georgia Museum of Art, and director of the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts; Dr. Maurie D. McInnis, associate professor and director of American Studies, the University of Virginia; and 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.

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 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 papers.

Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2010
Notification of acceptance: on or before June 15
Accepted papers submitted in full: September 1, 2010.

Electronic submissions in Word format are preferred.
Please send email proposals to MESDAEducation@oldsalem.org or via US Mail to:

Sally Gant
MESDA Conference on American Material Culture
924 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

To receive more information on attending this conference, contact MESDA at 336-721-7360 or email MESDAPrograms@oldsalem.org.

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