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Call For Papers: “Interpreting History through Costume”

Costume Society of America: Western Region 2012 Symposium

“Interpreting History through Costume”

March 17-18, 2012

at The William S. Hart Ranch & Museum in Santa Clarita, CA

Call for Papers

The Western Region Symposium offers an opportunity for established Members and potential New Members to present Oral Research Papers or Research-in Progress, reports on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience.

Possible Topics Include: Designing costume for period theatrical or dance performances, films or television shows; Comparisons between recreated garments, or garments designed for performance, with actual historic garments; The importance of costume in the understanding of social, political & world history; How costumed docents enhance the understanding of museum collections & the visitor experience; Use of costume in non-costume exhibitions: an opportunity to provide context; Pursuit of the past: the impulse to collect historic dress; Using dress to create an historic character or personage for reenactment.

Proposals are welcome from:

• CSA Members

• General & California Historians

• Costume & Textile Historians

• Film, Television & Theatre Historians & Designers

• Art Historians & Artists

• Docents

• Museum & Archives Professionals

• Re-Enactors & Re-enactment groups

• Costume & Clothing Collectors

• Film Enthusiasts & Collectors

• Historical Musicians & Musical groups

• Students

Two types of Presentations are invited:

1. Oral Papers are appropriate for the presentation of new research findings, case studies and conclusions. Limited to 20 minutes for a presentation. All visuals must be in PowerPoint format.

2. Research in Progress Reports are appropriate for the presentation of ongoing research to elicit feedback from registrants for additional research sources and/or comments on methodology. Limited to 10 minutes for presentation. All visuals must be in PowerPoint format.

Deadlines: Your proposal abstract and email must be received by October 15, 2011

To download the full call for papers, Click here (.doc)

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