Call for Papers: Session for TAG 2010, University of Bristol
(17-19 December 2010)
Manifestos for Materials (convened by Dan Hicks)
Manifestos are re-emerging, perhaps: from Donna Haraway's Companion Species Manifesto (2003), to Danny Miller and Sophie Woodward's Manifesto for a study of Denim (2007), to Bruno Latour's Compositionist Manifesto (2010). These manifestos are diverse, but while we might imagine manifestos to be concerned with human life, human thought, human politics, or human futures, material things/nonhumans figure prominently in these texts.
In this context, this session invites two kinds of contribution. First, papers that examine the place of materials/things/nonhumans in previous manifestos - from Communism, Futurism or Vorticism to Surrealism, Humanism or Cyborg Feminism - and their contemporary relevance, are invited. Second, papers written in the form of contemporary manifestos for materials - setting out particular visions of the study of material things, or questioning the contemporary utility of the idea of the manifesto - are welcomed.
Contributions along these lines, on the theme of 'Manifestos for Materials' are invited from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, art history, archaeology, cultural geography, STS, ANT, and related fields.
Paper abstracts of 250 words should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org asap, and by 1 September 2010 at the latest. Registration at the TAG conference costs £50 (waged)/£25 (unwaged).
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