Call for Papers
Material Cultures in the Space Between, 1914-1945
Proposals requested for the 14th Annual Conference of
The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
Providence, Rhode Island
June 14-16, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Professor Elaine Freedgood, English Department,
New York University
The 14th annual Space Between Society Conference invites proposals that consider questions and problems related to the study of material cultures in the years 1914-1945. Please send abstracts (no more than 300 words) along with a short biographical statement to Tamar Katz and Claire Buck at firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 November 2011.
In the Space Between Society scholars studying literature, media, art, society, and culture between 1914 and 1945 exchange ideas about their approaches and their objects of study. This years conference addresses the varied material cultures that shape the world within which people live, work, and make art. We invite researchers to ask:
Which material practices shape this period and our knowledge about it?
What methods and assumptions must we bring to bear on the objects of our study?
What are the challenges of working on material culture and bringing such work into conversation with scholars in a range of fields?
Possible presentation or panel topics include:
Museums and Exhibitions
Architecture and the built environment
The material culture of war
Anthropology and ethnography
Theorizing objects, things, and stuff
Theatre, performance, and embodiment
Media and the materialization of culture
The temporalities of material culture
Keynote Speaker, Elaine Freedgood will address the intersections between nineteenth and twentieth century understandings of materiality. She is the author of Victorian Writing about Risk: Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World (Cambridge 2000) and The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel (Chicago 2006) and the editor of Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Oxford 2003). Her interests include Victorian literature and culture, critical theory, novel theory and pedagogy. Her new book is about fictionality, reference and metalepsis in nineteenth-century fiction.
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