Plimoth Plantation: Call For Papers!

I’m boosting the signal for anyone interested in presenting at the Plimoth Plantation conference “Trimmings: Adorning the Fashionable Figure in the 17th Century,” taking place June 6 -7, 2015 at Plimoth Plantation.

Here’s the info:

Trimmings: Adorning the Fashionable Figure in the 17th Century 
Conference Call for papers

Plimoth Plantation’s 17th-Century Trimmings Conference will take place on June 6 and 7, 2015. The process and purpose of adorning oneself with decorative and embellished wardrobes was an important part of the post-medieval world. The trimmings trade contributed to a global economy, supported a complex guild structure, and bolstered expressions of social and economic class.

We are seeking submissions for a series of academic presentations to be given at the conference. Topics are not limited to the 1620s, but may range from the 16th to the 18th century. Both theoretical and practical topics will be considered; we are looking for papers or projects that are informational, creative and innovative! Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • Production: material sourcing, mechanical innovations, creation and skill 
  • Economics: global trade, social capital, tradesmen and guild structures 
  • Symbolism: Military or religious meaning, vanity and morality, adornment in current popular culture 

The deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2015, and notification of acceptance will occur by April 15.

Please send your proposal abstract by filling out a submission form at Only abstracts using the form will be accepted.

Plimoth Plantation is unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers. Please obtain all necessary permissions for use of images before the presentation is given. Participants will receive free admission to the trimmings conference.

Length of presentations: 20 minutes


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