CFP: Women and Things: Material Culture, 1750-1950 (3/30/07; collection)

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Maureen Goggin
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for a collection

Women and Things: Material Culture, 1750-1950

Maureen Daly Goggin and Beth Fowkes Tobin , editors



We invite proposals for essays for a collection titled Women and Things:
Material Culture, 1750-1950. This collection invites scholars to
consider women's engagement with the material world, from the most
ordinary, mundane daily practices and objects to the most extraordinary,
life-altering practices and objects, over the two-hundred-year period of
1750 to1950.=20


Since material culture encompasses all human-made objects, the
possibility of topics is wide open so long as they connect women to
things. Therefore, topics might include, but are certainly not limited
to: fiber arts (needlework, quilting, knitting, crocheting); decorative
arts; other kinds of crafts; painting; sculpture; scrapbooks; albums;
china; porcelain; architecture; interior design; landscape and
gardening; shopping; clothing; fashion; and food. The focus might be on
all or part of the life-cycle of an object, from design, to production,
to circulation, to consumption, to commodification, to valuation, to
collection and display.=20


Although scholars in anthropology, museum studies, and decorative arts
have long taken material culture as their focus, in the past twenty
years scholars from other disciplines that have traditionally been more
text-centric have increasingly turned their attention to material
objects in what might be termed the material turn. This edited
collection is designed to serve those scholars. We look forward then to
proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, including, but not limited
to, cultural studies, history, literature, rhetoric and composition,
art, art history and art theory, communication studies, visual design,
race studies, and women's studies. We encourage and wish to present
multiple theoretical frames and methodologies that grapple with
questions concerning women and material things.=20


Please send your 250-500-word proposal and a CV as electronic
attachments in MS-word or RTF format to Beth Fowkes Tobin
( and Maureen Daly Goggin ( by
March 30, 2007.=20

Maureen Daly Goggin, Associate Chair
Associate Professor, Rhetoric
Department of English
Box 870302
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302
Phone: 480-965-3168
Fax: 480-965-3451
URL: <>

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