CFP: Graduate Exchange Program in Visual and Material Culture

Eye Miniature, early 19th century. Ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art

CFP: Graduate Exchange Program in Visual and Material Culture

 Queen Mary University of London and the University of Delaware

12-13 September 2018


Faculty and graduate students in any program at the University of Delaware are invited to participate at a graduate symposium as part of the University of Delaware’s History of American Civilization Program’s Visual and Material Culture Graduate Exchange Program with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). This symposium is part of the second of two exchanges, the first meeting having taken place in January 2018 at QMUL and the Victoria & Albert Museum in conjunction with UD’s British Design History course. This second meeting will take place at the Winterthur Museum and Library and UD in mid-September 2018.

The exchange program offers participants an opportunity to present their work at a graduate colloquium, take part in transatlantic conversations about methodologies in visual and material culture with like-minded graduate students and faculty from UD and London, and hear from keynote speaker, Professor Amanda Vickery, QMUL.

We also expect participants to have an opportunity to publish their work in a special issue of the leading US journal in material culture research: The Winterthur Portfolio within five years of this inaugural year of exchange.

Participants can be working on any topic in any period or geographic area of history but must demonstrate that use of material or visual culture is a key component of their research.

We seek 4 students to present their work, and 2 to 3 faculty to chair student panels, participate in workshop conversations, and participate in a lightning-round research forum.


Student Applicants should submit:

  • an abstract of 500 words maximum (describing the research you wish to present and where it fits in to your larger PhD project—you will be presenting this as a formal 15-20 minute paper. Papers will not be pre-circulated)
  • a CV (maximum 1 page)

Faculty Applicants should submit:

  • an abstract of 500 words maximum (describing your interest in the symposium as well as the research you wish to present)
  • a CV (maximum 1 page)

These materials should be submitted by July 27, 2018 to Dr. Zara Anishanslin.

Please send your materials in a single word document or pdf, with the subject line “QMUL 18 CFP” to:

Applicants will hear back from the program committee by August 3, 2018.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Zara Anishanslin at