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We welcome contributions by scholars at all ranks and accept submissions year-round.

All submissions to Conversations (Objects Narratives, Constellations, Medium Studies, Essays, and Interviews) must either:

(1) explicate and interpret items already present in the Material Objects Archive; or,

(2) be accompanied with a MAVCOR Permissions Form signed by an appropriate rights-holder agreeing to supply MAVCOR with at least one high-resolution image of the item(s) under discussion in a given submission AND to allow the image(s) in question to be added the Materials Object Archive should a submission be accepted for publication.

In cases where submissions discuss an object not already present in the Material Objects Archive and for which reproductions can only be acquired at cost, submitters are themselves responsible for these costs and are asked to include a copy of email correspondence with an appropriate rights-holder confirming that the image/s in question is/are available for this use. Estimated total costs for each image should also be included with the submission. In rare cases, once a contribution is accepted for publication, MAVCOR may be able to help defray some costs associated with rights acquisition; this will be decided on a case-by-case basis as funds for these purposes are very limited. No reimbursements will be issued for rights purchased prior to acceptance and image approval by MAVCOR's managing staff.

Official MAVCOR Permissions Form

Suggestions of items for inclusion in the Material Objects Archive are also welcome if submitted with completed Permissions documentation. We regret that we are unable to consider reimbursements for images/rights not associated with a submission to Conversations. In short, stand-alone submissions of items/images to the Material Objects Archive are welcomed and encouraged, but submitters are solely responsible for acquiring permissions; we assume many of these items may come from the scholars who photographed them, who hold both image and photography rights, and who are willing to grant MAVCOR permission for this use.

Prior to acceptance for publication, submissions are subject to review by the MAVCOR Editorial Board. Submissions not complying with the specifications set forth in the Style Guide will not be considered. Submissions—including Word documents, copies of associated images, and applicable permissions forms—should be sent to

Official MAVCOR Style Guide