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Materiality, the Senses, and the Everyday

Posted By Karen-edis Barzman, Monday, May 1, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 1, 2017

This interdisciplinary Call for Papers seeks submissions that consider the use of material culture in the everyday, and the sensorial experience of objects in their original contexts. Papers could include the way objects engaged a variety of senses and/or encouraged bodily movement, prompting ritualized responses or eliciting new forms of spatial practice. Examples could investigate the use of liturgical objects in sacred spaces, the role of domestic or devotional items in residential quarters, the effects on the body of new materials and technologies in the trades and professions, and the incorporation of props in the performance of urban life. Papers related to understudied aspects of the sensorium are particularly welcome, especially those that consider objects and context engaging smell and taste. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal limits, c. 1300-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                    
Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and should include

  • a preliminary title for the paper
  • an abstract of 150 words
  • a 1-page CV, including current institutional affiliation(s)
  • current contact information

Submit your proposal to kbarzman@binghamton.edu by Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Materiality, the Senses, and the Everyday.”

Tags:  devotional  domestic  everyday  liturgical  materiality  objects  performance  professions  props  residential  ritualized responses  senses  sensorium  smell  spatial practice  taste  technologies  trades  urban life 

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Renaissance Skin

Posted By Hannah Murphy, Monday, April 24, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017

We are seeking papers interrogating conceptions and practices of and around skin in early modern Europe. From Galen through to Mercurialis, medical writing on skin conceptualized it as a porous boundary to the body. Health depended on protecting skin, but also breaking it, and a wide range of cosmetic, fashion and medical practices converged on skin as a site of dangerous invasion, but also a site of important excretion, where waste, ill-humours and infections could leave the body. As a surface, skin was a site of diagnosis, but also artistic fascination and cultural preoccupation, while the relationship between hair, feathers and fur was a subject of great interest to natural historians and artists alike. Skin and the practices one should and could acceptably do it clarified links, but also differences between humans and animals.

Exploring skin by necessity cuts across disciplinary concerns and invites us to think across, rather than within, medicine, art and craft practices, as well as along political and religious lines. All papers relating to skin are welcome - we hope to collect and display new approaches to this subject, and better shape our understanding of its possibilities and its methodologies.

Anyone interested should submit a title, 150 word abstract and short CV (300 words) to the panel organizers Hannah Murphy and Evelyn Welch at hannah.murphy@kcl.ac.uk by May 29th.

Tags:  anatomy  art  artisans  body  cosmetics  fashion  medicine  patients  recipes  skin  surgeons  technologies  touch 

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Technologies of War

Posted By Karen-edis Barzman, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Papers may take a literal or figurative approach to “technologies of war.” Topics may include the machinery or mechanics of weaponry as well as the training and management of troops, from conscription and deployment to armed conflict, collection of booty, and returning in victory or defeat. Work is welcome on maritime infrastructures and modalities of war as well as war on land, including the military encampment in its material and spatial dimensions and the social relations peculiar to the logic that informed its late medieval and early modern instantiations. Also of interest are the discursive and/or embodied practices that constituted opposing forces as subaltern and inimical, from rallying songs to the subjection of prisoners and the mutilation of the bodies of fallen adversaries. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal limits, c. 1300-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                    
Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and should include

  • a preliminary title for the paper
  • an abstract of 150 words
  • a 1-page CV, including current institutional affiliation(s)
  • current contact information

Submit your proposal to kbarzman@binghamton.edu by Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Tags:  adversaries  arms  booty  conflict  conscription  deployment  encampment  enemy  machinery  maritime  material  prisoners  spatial  technologies  training  troops  war  weaponry 

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