CALL FOR PAPERS: The 9th Annual Salve Regina University Conference on Cultural and Historic Preservation
The Gilded Age: Domesticity and Design in the Home
September 29, 30 and October 1, 2005
The so-called Gilded Age (c. 1850-c.1910) witnessed the rise of new forms of housing, decoration, technological systems, manners, and domestic activities. Salve Regina University’s 9th Annual conference on Cultural and Historic will focus on this material and cultural world ranging from architecture and furnishings to social practices and gender roles. Proposals for papers that examine these issues are sought from scholars in all fields, including architecture, art, archaeology, the decorative arts, anthropology, landscape, literature, American studies and social history. Submittals from younger scholars and graduate students are also welcome. Proposals should include 250-word abstracts for the papers and CVs.
Subjects for papers may include-but are not limited to-the following:
* The role of style as a conveyer of meaning * The act of visiting, both in the past and in the present * Domestic manner books and manners * Revivalism versus modernity * The home in literature * Changes in the presentation of the male and female and/or gender roles * Paintings of interiors or art in the home * Public versus private spaces or the role of different spaces within a plan * The porch * Servant spaces and the role of service both inside the house and outside * New household mechanics * Display of religion * Flower arrangements and/or the display of nature * Class distinctions * House decoration and furnishings * Social Darwinism and Gilded Age * How we understand or misunderstand the Gilded Age
Proposals should include a 250-word abstract for the papers and a current curriculum vitae. Please send proposals by January 15th, 2005 to:
The Office of Academic Grants and Conferences Salve Regina University 100 Ochre Point Ave. Newport, RI 02840 [email protected]