quarta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2008

Writing as Material Practice : Surface, substance and medium

Writing as Material Practice : Surface, substance and medium
The UCL Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 May 2009


Dr. Kathryn E. Piquette and Prof. Ruth Whitehouse


Whereas content meaning has been the main focus of research on written evidence, this international conference seeks to explore past ‘writing’ and related symbolic modes in relation to material practice, performance and sensory experience. Papers are sought that, through case studies, will emphasise the artefactual nature of writing—the ways in which materials, techniques, colour, scale, orientation or visibility inform the creation of inscribed objects and landscapes, and structure subsequent engagement, perception and meaning making.

Abstract Submission

Please submit paper proposals of 500 words to materialityofwriting@googlemail.com by 31 December 2008. Abstracts should be submitted as Word files and include your name, title, institutional affiliation (if appropriate) and full contact details. If you do not plan to give a paper but would like to register your interest, please get in touch!

Suggested Themes

The many possible engagements with our theme include but are not limited to:

Defining ‘Writing’: How do we know when writing is ‘writing’? Is this category appropriate for characterising past forms of graphical symbolic expression?
Scribal Technology: How do materials, tools and technological choices relate to the expression and meaning of writing?
Inscribed Object Worlds: How does the substance, surface, shape or size of an object inform the expression and meaning of writing thereon?
Inscribed Landscapes: In what ways do ‘natural’ and built landscapes construct and influence written meanings?
Writing as Embodied Practice and Performance: How does the physical expression of writing inform physical and sensory engagements?
Hidden and Absent Writing: What is the social significance of writing if it is invisible or absent?
Methodology: What practice- and materials-based methods can be developed for the study of past writing, from documentation during excavation, analysis, interpretation and publication, to teaching and learning?
Conference Format

Papers will be pre-circulated 2 weeks in advance and all participants will be expected to read pre-papers before hand.
On the day, each paper will be allotted a 40 minute time slot: 20 minutes for outlining main points of the pre-paper and 20 minutes dedicated to discussion.

Conference Proceedings

We are intending to offer an edited volume of conference papers to Left Coast Press for publication, for inclusion in their Institute of Archaeology series. "


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