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[BKARTS] Call for entries

Call for Papers, Panels, Presentations on:
Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, Collections


February 12-15, 2003
Albuquerque, New Mexico

We seek proposals for individual presentations and for entire panels about 
collecting, collectibles, collections, collectors and those whose artifacts 
are collected, for the SW-TPCA/ACA's annual conference for Popular/American 
Culture scholars and aficionados.  We encourage presentations from any of the 
many Gender Studies perspectives, the many Ethnic Studies perspectives, the 
many LGBT perspectives, and the many Popular Culture/Cultural Studies 
perspectives, including theoretical considerations and Material Culture 
Studies.  We seek presentations/panels from collectors, from creators of 
collectible art/artifacts, and from and about those who mediate between those 
who collect and those who create or offer collectibles (such mediators as 
gallery owners, traders, agents).  

This will be the third year that the collectors and collecting area of 
interest will be represented at this conference.  Last year we had six panels 
of three presentations each.  The two previous meetings have resulted in an 
expanding network of diverse people sharing mutual interests.  We hope to 
continue to grow.  Please join us.

Some areas of consideration include, but are not limited to:

1.  Your personal collection;
2.  The history of collecting;
3.  The impulse to collect;
4.  Various attitudes towards collecting various artifacts in various ethnic, 
faith,        class, educational, racial, social, generational or regional 
5.  Collecting and political correctness;
6.  Private collections as passion, as social climbing activity, as 
investments, as 
    inflation hedges;
7.  The business of collecting - buying and selling, mediating value - the 
dealer, the   
    picker, the agent;
8.  The impact of the Internet (including eBay and like sites) on collecting;
9.  Relationships between collectors and curators;
10.  Private collections as the basis for public museums;
11.  Representations of collectors in popular fiction, film, theater;
12.  Collecting as therapy/Collecting as neurosis;
13.  Collecting as community activity;
14.  Collecting as scholarship;
15.  Collectors' organizations (car clubs, stamp clubs, costume jewelry 
      groups, etc.), their functions, their controversies (for instance, 
conflicts between display and use, such as total restoration to showroom 
condition vs. repair and daily use for classic cars);
16.  Do women and men, people with different levels of education, people with 
      different class and ethnic origins collect different "stuff"?
17.  The impact of collectors on "folk" or "ethnic" artists/makers - changes 
in style or palette, changes in gender roles, etc.;
18.  What is an "authentic" collectible?
19.  My junk/your treasure,my treasure/your junk.

These are just ideas that come to mind from our previous experience and from 
questions yet unexplored by meeting panels; there are many other appropriate 
topics and viewpoints as well. 

For questions about the 2003 meeting - place (The Albuquerque Hilton), fees, 
accomodation and travel  information - please go to the 2003 Meeting page of 
the organization's website (www2.h-net.msu.edu/~swpca).

Please send your proposals (presentation time is about 20 minutes, leaving 
time for lively discussion following three presentations per panel) to me, 
Area Chair for Collectors and Collecting, at the following address:

Alison Franks
4000 Aspen Avenue NE
Albuquerque  NM  87110
e-mail:  Calwoodrat@aol.com

I would much appreciate your sharing of this CFP with your colleagues and 

With thanks,

Alison Franks
Area Chair, Collectors and Collecting 
Southwest-Texas  Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Annual Meeting 2003

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