Monday, July 20, 2015

CFP: AAH 2016 Session – The (After) Lives of Things: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Material Culture

Association of Art Historians, 42nd Annual Conference, University of
Edinburgh, April 7 - 09, 2016
Deadline: Nov 9, 2015

Material things have been used to fashion identities and form social
relationships throughout history. This panel seeks to shed light on the
intersecting histories of materiality and process in the production and
consumption of material culture. It invites papers that examine how
physical and intellectual practices such as collecting, repurposing and
remaking conveyed materially embedded messages about the subjective
experience of their owner-makers, as well as the period in which they
were undertaken more broadly. Such practices performed not only
physical but semantic changes upon these objects which, due to their
revised contexts, reciprocally enacted changes upon their possessors.
Examining how these processes allowed individuals to construct
identities, spaces, and social bonds, this panel will address issues
central to the ‘material turn’ that has characterised recent
scholarship within the humanities and, in particular, that of art
history. Papers concerning all geographical areas and time periods –
from the beginning of human history to the present day – are welcome.
Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

• object biographies
• construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction
• adaptation and alteration
• quotation and pastiche, bricolage & photomontage
• movement: mobility, translation, and geographical transformation
• composite forms of artistic production: quilting,
shell/feather/paper-work, collaging
• affective, familial, and emotional objects
• modes of acquisition: collection, found objects, inheritance, and
gift exchange
• the relationship between mass production and personal identity

We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words. Email paper proposals to
the session convenors by 9 November 2015. Paper Proposal Guidelines are
available to download here:

Session convenors:
Sarah Laurenson, University of Edinburgh,
Freya Gowrley, University of Edinburgh,

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