Call for Papers: Vernacular Architecture Forum 2014

Posted on October 1st, 2013 9:08 am

Call for Papers:

Vernacular Architecture Forum 2014 Annual Meeting in Galloway Township, New Jersey

Deadline: December 1, 2013

The Vernacular Architecture Forum ( invites paper proposals for its annual meeting in Galloway Township, New Jersey, May 7-10, 2014. The 2014 conference theme is “Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore.” Conference information is available at

Conference papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome, but we encourage papers that explore the following conference themes: the history of immigrant agricultural landscapes; maritime heritage; industrial and recreational development in small towns; ethnicity and heritage preservation; African American communities and landscapes, and the development of distinctive places within southern New Jersey or “Down Jersey.” Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions, or other innovative formats that facilitate scholarly discourse are also welcome.

Proposals must be one page, fewer than 400 words, and include paper title, author’s name, and email address. You may include up to two images with your submission. Please state clearly the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Provide a one-page CV with your proposal submission. The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2013.

Please send complete proposals in Microsoft Word document format (.doc or .docx) as an email attachment to Jennifer Cousineau, Papers Committee Chair, at Please save all elements of your proposal in a single file named as follows: LASTNAMEvaf2014.

Conference presentations should be analytical rather than descriptive, and twenty minutes in length. Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the annual meeting. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 15, 2014 will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Students and recent graduates are eligible to apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships, which offers financial assistance to help offset the costs of attending the conference. Instructions for applying can be found on the Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships webpage: Please note that the Simpson Presenter’s deadline is also December 1, 2013 (and therefore before the VAF Papers Committee has met). Only those applicants whose paper proposals are accepted will be considered for a Simpson Fellowship.

Visit the 2014 annual meeting page at for general conference information.

Questions? For questions related to the Call for Papers, please contact Papers Committee chair Jennifer Cousineau at For questions about the Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships, please contact Fellowship Committee Chair Paula Mohr at For general questions about the New Jersey conference, please contact Conference Organizer Janet W. Foster at
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