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CFP: New Thoughts on Old Things: Four Centuries of Furnishing the Northeast
A conference for emerging scholars co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston; the Massachusetts Historical Society; and the Colonial
Society of Massachusetts
October 4, 2013
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Over the last fifty years, the study of furniture and domestic interiors
has extended into a broad range of disciplines and embraced a wide
variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. The Four Centuries
of Massachusetts Furniture Initiative-a collaborative of eleven
institutions celebrating furniture and furniture-making in Massachusetts
through an extensive series of exhibitions and programs, as well as an
educational website (www.fourcenturies.org)-will feature advances in the
field, while encouraging new perspectives and ideas. This conference
will bring together staff and patrons from Massachusetts institutions
and emerging scholars, affording a unique opportunity to highlight
dynamic new scholarship on the history of furnishings and interiors in
the Northeast region of North America. The geographic and chronological
scope of the symposium is intentionally broad-the Northeast region of
North America from approximately 1600-2000-in order to attract as wide a
variety of subjects and approaches as possible.
The conference organizers seek proposals for 30-minute papers that
address any aspect of the design, production, and circulation of
furnishings; the creation and modification of domestic interiors; the
social and cultural meaning imposed on or embodied in these objects and
the spaces they occupied, or the role of furniture and interiors in the
creation and maintenance of family, community, or political identities.
Papers can be historical, critical, or theoretical in nature.
Please submit a 250-word proposal and a C.V. via electronic mail to
Nonie Gadsden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include the title
of the paper and the presenter's name. You may also attach 2-3 relevant
images. Priority will be given to emerging scholars.
Final papers should be approximately 30 minutes long. The symposium
offers a travel stipend.
For further information, please contact Nonie Gadsden at
The deadline for submissions is June 3, 2013.