Constellations of objects: interactive material worlds
A 1-day conference at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Sat. 5 June 2010
First call for papers:
The concept of assemblage seems axiomatic and is ingrained within archaeological terminology. Following the upsurge of interest in material culture studies, materiality, material agency and human-object engagements more generally, we wish to move beyond assemblage as a descriptive term for aggregates of objects to focus more specifically on how material assemblages are created, enacted and recreated over time.
The affective properties of objects in the singular has attracted much discussion; we wish to build upon this work by considering how objects act together as a group. ♦What is the role of objects in the creation of aesthetic environments? ♦Are aesthetic environments created through object interrelations and what role does intentionality and serendipity play in the process? ♦Are the affective properties of assemblages natural – and thus enduring – or socially contingent? ♦In which case, are the decisions that governed the creation of assemblages in the past recoverable in the material record as it is manifested in the present? ♦What is our role in the re-imagining of ancient assemblages? ♦Can there be a phenomenology of aesthetic sensibility that is valid and rigorous?
We invite papers that explore these themes in any time and in any place.
The organisers expect to publish presented papers in a peer-reviewed proceedings volume.
Send abstracts, by 31/01/10 to:
Linda Hulin Alice Stevenson
Institute of Archaeology Pitt Rivers Museum
36 Beaumont Street South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 2PG Oxford OX1 3PP