Call for participants/papers

The SIEF conference, taking place in Lisbon, 17-21 April 2011
– People Make Places: Ways of Feeling the World –
is now open for individual paper proposals.
Marta Rosales and Filomena Silvano invite the submission of paper proposals for the following workshop:
Panel title: Objects, domestic routines and the making of everyday life (ID: P118)
The panel aims the discussion of mass produced material culture in contemporary everyday life ordinary naturalized routines. Beyond production and consumption patterns, it will focus on the objects’ materiality and its impacts in the relations with subjects and other objects as a means to acknowledge their constitutive potentialities.
The impact of ordinary, often “invisible”, objects in peoples’ lives has been acknowledged by contemporary theory as one of the most significant consequences of contemporary material culture. Grounded in a considerable number of ethnographic work that highlights its expressive potentials to depict and discuss identity issues and belonging strategies, its relational modalities both with subjects and other objects need however to be further explored. This panel welcomes theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions to the discussion of the roles played by contemporary mass-produced materiality in the making of everyday life, as well as in perceiving and shaping the world. Specifically, we aim to go beyond objects expressive dimensions and a) focus on objects’ physicality, functions and performances in specific cultural contexts; b) make room for the discussion of its potentialities, as well as of its limits and resistance to appropriation; c) observe their relations in broader constellations of objects; d) characterize contemporary systems of categorization and evaluation of contemporary material culture.
Marta Vilar Rosales
Filomena Silvano