CFP: The 2021 David B. Warren Symposium on American Material Culture and the Texas Experience: Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest before 1900

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Call for Papers
July 1, 2020
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Geography, Local History

2021 David B. Warren Symposium

The Power of Place: Defining Material Culture in Pre-1900 Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest
February 26 & 27, 2021

Call for Papers
Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bayou Bend is accepting proposals for papers on the relationship between place and material culture in pre-1900 Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest, to be presented at the eighth biennial David B. Warren Symposium. The 2021 symposium explores how geography and landscape interacted with material culture and visual art in Texas and nearby states, whether on a local, state, or regional scale. 

Participants are invited to submit a 300-word abstract proposal for a paper to be presented as an illustrated oral lecture 25 or 50 minutes in length. Subjects could include, but are not limited to, the built environment; the cultivated landscape; depictions of landscape; the effects of transportation or cultural networks; the interaction of place with race, ethnicity, or gender. Proposals focusing on Texas and those presenting previously unpublished research receive particular consideration. Papers are published in the symposium proceedings in 2022.

A current CV should accompany the abstract, and a suggested presentation length should be included. In general, 25-minute lectures are more appropriate for emerging scholars, and 50-minute lectures are appropriate for senior scholars. Proposals are due to Bayou Bend by July 1, 2020; acceptances are announced in August 2020. Those whose papers are accepted receive transportation expenses, an honorarium for speaking, and a fee for preparing the manuscript for publication.

The overall theme of the symposium series is “American Material Culture and the Texas Experience.” The goal is an ongoing forum that examines pre-1900 Texas, as well as the Lower South and Southwest, through the lens of American material culture. 

► Submssions
Send proposals, in PDF format, to by July 1, 2020.
► Questions?
Contact Joey Milillo, Bayou Bend programs manager:

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Joey Milillo, Programs Manager, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

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