Victorian Collections and Collecting (October 16-18, 2014)

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Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States
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We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Collecting/Collections and commodity culture
Connoisseurship, expertise, and elites
Collecting and identity formation
Communities/coteries of taste
Art, museums, and curation
Science collections
Collecting among the nouveau riche
Collecting nature
Collecting and empire
Competitive collecting
Collecting and Entrepreneurship
Eccentric and eclectic collections
Collecting as a response to modernity
Cataloging, indexing, and taxonomies
Neo-Victorian and steampunk collections
Hoarding and obsession

Keynote speaker: Anne Helmreich (Senior Program Office; The Getty Foundation; Art History, Case Western) is the author of The English Garden and National Identity, the Competing Styles of Garden Design, 1870-1914, and numerous articles and book chapters on the art and architecture of nineteenth-century Great Britain.