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Framing: Between Transience and Permanence

Posted By Leah R. Clark, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Recent interests in the mobility of objects have shed light on how objects circulated in the early modern period across cultural, linguistic, and geographic boundaries. It was through such circulation that objects could accrue different forms of value and meaning.

This session will be attentive to the relationship between transience and permanence by pursuing the notion of the ‘frame’ broadly defined. Papers might address one or more of the following questions: How did framing arrest in time mobile objects?  How did framing transform something perceived to be foreign into something local? How was framing linked to a sense of ownership? How is framing related to concepts such as translation or hybridity?

Papers that address a cross-cultural theme will be particularly welcome, as well as those that engage with theoretical debates.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Mounts as frames (for example metallic mounts of ceramics, ostrich eggs, bezoar stones)
  • The use of insignia or initials as framing devices
  • The context of a collection as framing
  • The use of actual frames
  • Ornament as frame
  • Books as frames

Please send proposals to Leah R. Clark (the Open University, UK): leah.clark@open.ac.uk Include in your proposal: name and affiliation, paper title, abstract (max. 150 words), and a brief CV.

Email proposals as soon as possible, but no later than May 20, 2016.

 

Tags:  Art History  collecting  cross-cultural  frames  framing  global history  material culture  objects 

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