Sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware

Biographies of everyday objects are a burgeoning area of study in design history, and are well supported by Hagley’s growing collection of designers’ papers including those of Raymond Loewy, Marc Harrison, Thomas Lamb and Richard Hollerith.

We invite scholars pursuing innovative research in this area to submit paper proposals for a symposium on Friday May 16, 2008. The symposium’s theme is the histories of design processes that created everyday objects, such as appliances, tools, equipment, and miscellaneous things commonly used in homes, offices, factories, and public spaces. We discourage proposals on motor vehicles, clothing, furniture, or buildings. Papers should be historically grounded and analyze the interactions between designers, producers, and users. Perspectives from history, art history, design history, sociology, material culture studies as well as other disciplines are welcome.

Paper proposals are due by December 1, 2007 and should consist of a short cv and an abstract of no more than 500 words.

Presenters’ travel expenses will be covered by Hagley.

Send proposals to Carol Lockman, email: [email protected] fax 302-655-3188, or Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, Wilmington DE 19807