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Call for Papers: Female Expression through Craft and Design in the Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries

University of Exeter/online
Symposium date: Thursday 11 July 2024
Deadline for submissions: Friday 26 April 2024

The National Trust is delighted to announce plans for an upcoming Symposium held at the University of Exeter on Thursday 11 July 2024. The purpose of the Symposium is to forge new bonds with researchers and academic professionals, find synergies with similar projects and properties, and to share stories and discoveries from our recent conservation work in a broader context. We are hoping to hear from a wide range of external voices to bring context and new perspectives to our work.

Papers are welcomed on the following topics:

  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century material histories and material culture, including female designed domestic spaces
  • Decorative historic interiors, furniture and surfaces of the Georgian period embellished with natural materials such as shellwork, featherwork, coral, crystal, pine cones, moss, mirror, ceramics, paper, watercolours, glass or other natural materials
  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century follies, grottoes, gallery spaces and architecture within contemporary imagination, including ontological interpretations
  • The role and agency of women in commissioning, designing, or creating decorative interiors (A la Ronde as a female-designed non-conformist space, and the role of the Parminters in its design and intention)
  • Conservation/research projects that relate to the care, interpretation or understanding of decorative interiors of this period
  • Other proposals that relate to the above may be considered – please contact the organisers for an initial discussion

Please email abstracts of up to 300 words for papers of 15-20 minutes, and a short biography of 50- 150 words, to Harriet Squire on [email protected]. Please ensure you have a paper title, include the names and email addresses of main / corresponding authors, and confirm that you are available on Thursday 11 July.

The call for papers will close on Friday 26 April, and decisions on proposals will be made by panel convenors in early May 2024. The selection of speakers will be announced shortly afterwards.

For more information on the A la Ronde conservation project, please visit the webpage here.