Thursday, January 28, 2010

Call For Papers: Material Culture Conference at U Mich

Call For Papers:

Thinking About 'Things' (TAT):
Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture
An Interdisciplinary, International Material Culture Conference for
Graduate Students

May 10-12, 2010
University of Michigan (Ann
Arbor, Michigan, U.S.)

Thinking about 'Things': Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture
TAT 2010 is a three-day international and interdisciplinary graduate
student conference designed to explore material culture and the ways
in which we create it, interact with it, use it, discard it, and study

Papers dealing with notions of preservation, broadly interpreted, are
sought from graduate students working across a diverse spectrum of
disciplines and interdisciplines.

Accepted papers will be arranged in panels according to the following
rubric of theme areas:
1. Preservation in nature -preservation and decay with little or no
human intervention (e.g. relics, ruins, remains)
2. Human practices of material culture preservation (e.g. food
storage, taxidermy, archiving, museums, "green" culture and resource
3. Preserving the intangible (e.g. memories, identity, social status)
through the material.
4. Aesthetics, ethics, prescriptions, politics and theory of
preservation, conservation, and restoration of material culture.
5. Meaningful objects and the museum - issues of preservation specific
to the context of museums and museum-like institutions.
6. TATart - Nontraditional submissions are invited in audio, visual,
textual, and virtual formats.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is February 20, 2010. For more
information or to submit your 250-word abstract, visit

We welcome submissions from students at all stages of graduate study.

Kelly Kirby
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Anthropology
Program in Museum Studies
Co-organizer, Thinking About 'Things' conference
May 10-12, 2010 ~

Sarah Conrad Gothie
Doctoral Student
Program in American Culture & Museum Studies
Co-organizer, Thinking About 'Things' conference
May 10-12, 2010 ~

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