Call For Graduate Student Or Early Career Research Papers

59th Annual Seminar on Glass

Interpreting the 18th-Century British Atlantic World

October 2021

The 59th Annual Seminar on Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass will consider the diverse interpretive approaches to the exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain During the 1700s.The Corning Museum of Glass invites abstracts for proposed papers from students and emerging professionals on topics related to the 59th Annual Seminar theme. Two papers will be selected for presentation at the annual Seminar based on submitted abstracts.


All current graduate students enrolled in an accredited graduate program are eligible, as well as emerging professionals who have graduated from an accredited graduate program in the last three years.

Paper Topics

In 18th-century Britain, glittering costume, elaborately presented confectionary, polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers helped define social rituals and cultural values. While innovations in glass delighted the privileged, glass also bore witness to slavery, colonization and political division.

Speakers in this year’s Seminar will present new interpretive strategies, including virtual reality and audio, presentation and staging of 18th-century museum collections, wealth and society in 18th-century Britain and the slavery and exploitation that supported high society, and new research on glass history.

Successful student papers will be presented at the 59th Annual Seminar in presentations of no more than 20 minutes, and will address: finding new narratives, applying new disciplines, and re-looking at history with new perspectives for interpreting the British Atlantic world.


The Corning Museum of Glass is pleased to provide the selected student with free registration to the 59th Annual Seminar on Glass in October of 2021, as well as travel and hotel funds and most meals are provided.

Submission Requirements

Applicants interested in submitting papers to be considered for the 59th Annual Seminar on Glass must first send an email indicating their interest to Kris Wetterlund, Director of Education and Interpretation at The Corning Museum of Glass at [email protected], no later than June 1, 2021. Abstracts, not to exceed 500 words, are to be submitted electronically by July 12, 2021.

Accepted Paper

Notification to applicants will be on or before July 31, 2021. The selection of an abstract serves as provisional acceptance to present at the 59th Annual Seminar on Glass, contingent upon delivery of a viable paper. The author of the selected paper is encouraged to consult with Museum advisors in the development of their work from abstract to paper. Completed papers and PowerPoint presentations are due to The Corning Museum of Glass by September 25, 2021. 

The content of the accepted paper should not have been presented elsewhere in an identical form.


Please address all questions to Kris Wetterlund, Director of Education and Interpretation at The Corning Museum of Glass, [email protected].

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