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May 07, 2013

CFP: Objects of remembrance, Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts

Deadline: May 31, 2013

*Call for Proposals: Objects of remembrance*

Objects have always been and continue to be carriers of personal and
communal memories. The proliferation of objects of remembrance starting in
the nineteenth century speaks to the widely felt desire for tangible
markers of both fleeting personal experiences and significant public
events, from coronations to catastrophes; and equally to the possibilities
created by new production processes and technologies that emerged in that
century and after. What was particular to modern notions and experiences
of time that called forth this demand for souvenirs, commemorative medals
and ceramics, postcards, photo albums, and a wide variety of other objects
of all kinds that could serve as devices of memory? What roles did such
objects play in individual lives, in communities, and in larger social and
political relationships? What strategies did artists, designers and
manufacturers use to produce objects that could serve these functions?
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We invite proposals for a collection of essays—to be published as a
special issue of the *Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts
*(DAPA)—that address objects of remembrance during the modern era. Our aim
is to promote an interdisciplinary approach to objects that served as
carriers of memory.
Essays may explore such dimensions as design, decoration, manufacture,
dissemination, and marketing, as well as the meanings and affective
attachments that objects acquire once they have passed into the hands of
their owners. Contributions from any field in the humanities—including
history, art history, design history, cultural studies, gender studies,
anthropology, ethnography, and others—are welcome.

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The chronological focus for the special issue is from the mid-nineteenth
century through 1945, but contributions that extend these parameters will
be considered, as will essays that engage contemporary practices applied
to historical artifacts. High quality visual documentation is a key aim of
DAPA: each essay should include between twelve and twenty illustrations.
Essays should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words. ****

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Abstracts of no longer than 500 words should be submitted by May 31 to
both of the editors, at the email addresses provided below. Abstracts
should identify as specifically as possible the illustrations to be
Authors will be responsible for obtaining the rights to publish images,
but the journal will offer reimbursements to cover a part of these costs.
The editors will notify contributors by June 20 that they have been
invited to submit a first draft of their essay, due October 1.****

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The *Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts* was established in 1986
and is published by The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, a
museum and research center in Miami Beach, Florida. The goal of DAPA is to
publish new scholarship on the visual and material culture of the second
half of the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth, focusing
particular attention on often-overlooked media such as decorative arts and
propaganda, alongside fine arts, architecture, and industrial and graphic
design. DAPA aims to reach a broad audience, including specialists in art
history, architectural history, and cultural studies, as well as
non-specialist readers, such as collectors, designers, and design
enthusiasts. For that reason, we request that authors contribute essays
written in a style that will be accessible to these broader audiences.
Information about back issues can be found at
http://www.wolfsonian.org/research-library/publications/DAPA. ****

Posted by sarayu at May 7, 2013 01:28 PM