CFP: Ephemerality and Durability in Early Modern Visual and Material Culture
September 27-28, 2013
Call for graduate/early career participants
Scholars have increasingly turned their attention to the "materiality" of early modern things, exploring not only what women and men expected from visual and material culture but also what sorts of demands the materiality of these things placed on their makers, users, and viewers. This conference will explore why some early modern things endure while others did not. Were the short lives of some things determined by their material constitution? Did "ephemeral" things perish on account of use and abuse? How did religious, political, and artistic values contribute to survival or loss? What role did chance and neglect play in these processes? How do we study artifacts that have not survived, or which have survived only in fragmented and altered states?
We seek papers that consider the fragility and robustness of early modern things and explore the diverse ways in which the materials of early modern life were experienced and put to use. Papers might consider the ways in which things activated sensory experiences, engaged their beholders' notions of time, or influenced (and were influenced by) the customs, memories, and habits of early modern viewers and users. Through reconsideration of those early modern contexts that shaped the ephemerality and durability of material culture, this conference further seeks to pose questions about how these things are now shaped by their presence in (or absence from) museums, libraries, and archives.
The conference will be an opportunity for graduate students and early career researchers to present their work with established local and international scholars. Confirmed participants include Prof. Sean Roberts (USC), Prof. Daniela Bleichmar (USC), Prof. Alexander Marr (Cambridge), and Melissa Calaresu (Cambridge). Those interested in participating should send a 250 abstract and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 28, 2013.
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Email: email@example.com
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