International Council of Museums
National Committee of Azerbaijan

Call for Papers

Decorative Arts and Interiors

ICDAD / DEMHIST Joint Conference

Baku, Azerbaijan

10 – 12 October 2018


Textiles in interiors:

  • Figurative themes in carpets and rugs: History and present
  • Folk motifs and decorative arts/interior decorations
  • Textiles on the table from the 18th–20th centuries
  • Textiles: eyewitnesses of historic events
  • Textiles tell stories (Example: Storytelling—mobile wall tapestries and fixed wall tapestries)
  • Reconstructing the past: Textiles revealing the past. (Example: ADN analysis and restoration processes reveal past events)
  • Textiles constraining social relationships and intimacy

 Interior design and defining identity

  • Everyday life vs. formal interiors/decorative arts: Creating private and public space at home
  • Decorating/designing? Interiors for celebrations or celebratory/ritual occasions
  • Objects, memoirs, and identity
  • Objects singularity: Rapprochement between crafts and design
  • Practitioners: Interior decorator, designer, architect
  • Modernizing the home: Concepts and options

Interiors and authenticity

  • Curating history: Historical reconstitution of interiors decoration (preservation or restoration?)
  • Private house vs. house museum: History and (decorative) arts vs. public managing and communication
  • Objects and architectural authenticity
  • 20th c. time capsules houses

Metalwork and jewelry

  • Medieval metalwork from the Middle East revered and copied in Europe; Objects of virtue; What is “precious” in the 20th century home
  • Ritual drinking vessels: Tea and coffee sets, cocktail culture, et al.
  • Wedding gifts/establishing a new household:  Changes over time, basic necessities, and acceptable gifts


Please send your abstract as soon as possible as a

Word document (.doc or .docx)

Deadline: July 15, 2018


Notification about abstract acceptance will be sent by email by

1 August  2018

Each abstract should include the presenter’s 100word bio.

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