CFP: 59th Annual Seminar on Glass, Corning Museum of Glass (Virtual, 8-9 October 2021)

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Call For Papers
59th Annual Seminar on Glass
Corning Museum of Glass

 The Corning Museum of Glass is pleased to announce its 59th Annual Seminar on Glass, presented in conjunction with the exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s, on view at the Museum May 22, 2021–January 3, 2022. For the first time, the Annual Seminar on Glass will take place virtually, on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, 2021.

We invite sparkling minds from all backgrounds to submit abstracts for papers that offer diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives on glass in the Atlantic World during the long 18th-century. Broad topics might include:

  • Science, innovation, and travel
  • Trade networks
  • Architecture and interiors
  • Cultural reception
  • Beads and beadmaking
  • Collecting and display
  • Fashion and personal adornment
  • Colonization, enslavement, and resistance

Papers will be pre-recorded and made available to registrants before the event. Presenters will be invited to participate in one of three live panel discussions on October 9, 2021. Each moderated panel discussion will address a particular theme common to the papers in question, and will last 45 minutes with the opportunity for Q&A.

We hope this event will offer a unique foray into the many approaches we might take in understanding glass within the time and places it was designed, made, marketed, consumed, and valued. Papers will be published in digital proceedings in early 2022.

For selected papers, we are pleased to offer an honorarium of $200, a complimentary copy of the exhibition publication In Sparkling Company: Reflections on Glass in the 18th-Century British World, and access to both days of the seminar.

To submit a proposal, please send a 250-word abstract and abbreviated resume to

 Deadline: June 1, 2021

 Before submitting a proposal, please review the following requirements and schedule.


Important Dates for Presenters


Friday, June 11: Selected speakers will be notified.

Friday, June 25: Approve abstract for publication and submit short bio (150 words) with headshot. This will be made available on our seminar webpage, and institutional social media promotions.

Monday, September 6: Submit 20 min pre-recorded paper with transcript (without footnotes). Your paper will be reviewed by the panel moderators for discussion points, and made available for asynchronous viewing by registrants no less than one week before the live event. We assume that speakers have the necessary software and capabilities to record their illustrated paper. However, please let us know if you require assistance and we will be happy to help. We will use your transcript to make your paper accessible through subtitles. Please indicate slide breaks. 

Saturday, October 9: Participation in one live panel discussion. Selected papers will be grouped according to common themes. Live panel discussions will be held on Saturday, October 9, and hosted by a moderator who will facilitate discussion. All panel discussions will take place live between 10 am and 4 pm EDT. This event will be recorded.

Monday, November 22: Submit manuscript and 5-10 figures with permissions for publication in proceedings. Papers will be published in a digital proceedings. 


Call for Papers webpage


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