Archive | Conferences and other events

Digital Utopias

Digital_Utopias_banner

 

Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015

Time: 10am – 7pm

Venue: Hull Truck Theatre, HU2 8LB

Book your place now

Digital Utopias is a one-day conference which will inspire and incite debate about how new technologies are enabling creativity across the arts. The conference aims to capture topical and diverse approaches to curation, archiving, collecting and creating from a range of art forms, from the visual arts to theatre.

The event will provide an opportunity to discuss new tools and emergent practice, whilst delegates will connect with international arts organisations and specialists in the field to unpick the creative and critical challenges facing organisations today.

Full programme now confirmed

Digital Utopias has an exciting programme that activates various spaces throughout Hull Truck Theatre.…

Continue Reading 0

20th Anniversary of the ASA Material Culture Caucus: The Video

Since its formation in 1994, the Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) has bridged the gap between university-based and museum-based scholars to promote the study of material culture in American Studies programs. To celebrate its twentieth birthday, the Caucus sponsored a workshop on Friday November 7, 2014, during the ASA national meeting in Los Angeles.

In the spirit of fun embedded in the conference theme, Debby Andrews, Sarah Anne Carter, Estella Chung, Ellen Gruber Garvey, and Catherine Whalen challenged workshop participants to play a variant of the classic game, “Twenty Questions.” Videographer Mark Escribano documented the event. To see how the workshop played out, and how such questions can inspire object-based exercises in the classroom or the museum, follow these links:

Watch the Twenty Years, Twenty Questions to Ask an Object video here

Read the Twenty Questions here

The Material Culture Caucus organizers wish to encourage participation in the 2015 Annual Meeting: “The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance,” October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada.…
Continue Reading 0

Call for Papers: Homes Under Pressure

The Geffrye Museum would like to share details of the Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network Call For Papers for 7th Annual Conference Homes Under Pressure.

Please forward to any staff and students.
This conference will explore how museums and researchers can document homes under pressure across the world in both contemporary and historical contexts. Homes can come under pressure from a variety of forces or influences, such as social change, economic hardship, politics and the law, or personal difficulty. This pressure is felt in homes in a wide variety of ways, and can create or entrench inequalities based on gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability. At the same time, pressure on homes creates or calls for responses, alternatives, and new forms of homes: these can range from the very personal and individual, to more collective responses rooted in or inspired by activism.…

Continue Reading

CFP: ASA Material Culture Caucus

The Material Culture Caucus (MCC) of the American Studies Association (ASA) wishes to encourage participation in the 2015 Annual Meeting: “The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance,” October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada. To read the conference Call for Papers please visit the ASA website.
Areas of interest related to the theme include, but are not limited to, the material culture of:
• War and other forms of violence
• Empire and colonialism
• Slavery
• Crisis and trauma
• Diaspora and immigration
• Prisons
• Poverty
• ‘Basic needs’: food (and water), clothing, and shelter
• Alienated/unalienated labor
• Inequitable/‘fair’ trade
• Racism
• Patriarchy/feminism
• Heteronormativity/queerness
• Ruins and preservation
• NAGPRA, repatriation, and cultural patrimony
• Climate change/sustainability
• Religion and spirituality
• Failure in business, technology, architecture and design, or relationships
• depression/the Depression
• Disability/access
• Consumerism: excess, ethical consumption, advertising, shopping malls, dark stores
• Entertainment
• Comfort/discomfort
• Self disciplining: beauty rituals, dieting, exercise, organizing, ‘happiness’ coaching
The MCC hopes to help link potential panelists with shared interests in material culture topics.…
Continue Reading

CASTAC Recruiting for Mentoring Program at 2014 AAAs

CASTAC, the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, seeks to support the professional development of early career scholars in the anthropology of science and technology. Toward this end, they are launching a new Junior-Senior Mentor Program at the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting. Faculty and senior researchers who would be willing to meet with one or two junior scholars (graduate students and recent PhDs) are invited to participate in the mentor program at the Annual Meeting of the AAA in Washington, DC, this December.  CASTAC is also seeking junior scholars who would like to connect with senior scholars in their area of interest.

CASTAC will match mentors and mentees according to overlapping research interests and facilitate their initial contact. Participants will then arrange a time to meet during the conference.…

Continue Reading

Constructed Complexities Workshop 26-27 Nov 2014 at Barnett Hill, Guildford

Social Complexity, Institutions and Power – The 4th Constructed Complexities Workshop

Join an international network of interdisciplinary scholars to discuss different ways of approaching emergence, self-organisation, agency, institutions and power within a broad range of complex and theoretically interesting issues such as common resource management and climate change, political ideas and agency, spatial organisation of polities and social and political construction of criminal justice policies.

The workshop speakers include Mike Agar (Maryland), Tony Lawson (Cambridge), Mark Olssen (Surrey), Frances Cleaver (King’s College), Stephen Farrall (Sheffield), Gerhard Schnyder (King’s College), Andrew Cumbers (Glasgow)Frank Schiller (Surrey) and Jakop Rozema (East Anglia).

ESRC-funded, the workshop is free of charge and there are (limited) amounts of travel support you can apply for. If you want to attend the workshop, write a short email to Ozge Dilaver (o.dilaver@surrey.ac.uk) or Amy Woodward (a.woodward@surrey.ac.uk) explaining your research interests and how you can benefit from the workshop.…

Continue Reading

CFP: Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World, 9-11 July 2015 Cambridge

Abstracts due 7 January 2015 for the interdisciplinary conference, Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800 to be held 9-11 July 2015 at the University of Cambridge.

Across faiths and regions and throughout the world, the home was a centre for devotion in the early modern period. Holy books, prayer mats, candlesticks, inscriptions, icons, altars, figurines of saints and deities, paintings, prints and textiles all wove religion into the very fabric of the home. While research into religious practice during this period often focuses on institutions and public ceremonies, it is clear that the home played a profound role in shaping devotional experience, as a place for religious instruction, private prayer and contemplation, communal worship, and the performance of everyday rituals.

The ERC-funded research project Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home will be hosting this three-day international interdisciplinary conference in July 2015.…

Continue Reading

Material Culture Caucus at the ASA Annual Meeting, 6-9 Nov. Los Angeles

The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA)
announces the following session at the Association’s Annual Meeting,
“The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century,”
6-9 November  2014, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA USA
Material Culture Caucus Session: Twenty Years, Twenty Questions to Ask an Object
Fri. 7 Nov. 2014,  2:00 to 3:45pm PST
Since its formation in 1994, the Material Culture Caucus has bridged the gap between university-based and museum-based scholars to promote the study of material culture in American Studies programs. Join a panel of scholar-teachers in a very interactive session playing twenty questions. Questions will be provided; evocative (and questionable) objects will be at hand but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well.…
Continue Reading

Civilisation, Infrastructure and the City

Friday 7th Nov, 9:45-15:00
UCL Taviton 433, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW

civcity.wordpress.com/

The world is concurrently urbanising and digitising, and both phenomena are routinely admitted amongst the most important drivers of change in the 21st century. Yet, how do processes of urbanisation and digitisation affect the creation and perpetuation of everyday local culture? Are they mechanical drivers which deterministically imprint themselves on society or is the question of their efficacy a more complicated matter?

 This one-day workshop will explore these questions, contextualising them with recent research from the field. Held with the generous support of the UCL Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC), it will bring together researchers from the fields of urban studies, human geography, digital anthropology, finance and ICT for development. The workshop will be held at UCL on November 7th.

Continue Reading

Cultures of Mending: A collaborative workshop

Mending is a multifaceted practice.  It has long-established roots spanning centuries of human productive effort.  Today it is experiencing a revival as a result of grassroots innovation movements and initiatives which seek to foster repair, re-use, upcycling and other creative forms of waste prevention.

Whilst it may be argued that mending practices never went away for some (Bond et al. 2013; Hackney 2013), in recent decades they have largely been marginalised by more spectacular and conspicuous forms of contemporary consumption, leisure and/or domestic practice, as well as the widespread acceptance of product ‘disposability’ (Cooper 2005; van Nes 2010).  Yet – and partly as a direct response to the phenomena of premature product obsolescence – an enthusiastic minority has remained committed to the political potential of mending as a critique of capitalist society (e.g.…

Continue Reading

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes