CFP: "Objects in Motion"

Material Culture Review (MCR) invites contributions to its special issue “Objects in Motion,” which takes up the 2011-2012 theme of Yale University’s Material Culture Study Group. A forum for scholars to engage with artifacts, ideas and methodologies, Yale’s Material Culture Study Group is currently exploring the ways that the movement, dispersion, renewal or adaptation of cultural objects shapes our relationships with material and social practices. Movement, in this sense, is not confined to a set of prescribed spatial parameters; some objects of focus traverse transnational boundaries (as is the case within today’s globalized economy) while others are examined for their movement between or within local contexts. Some are designed or adapted for portability inside the domestic sphere. Extending this dialogue, we invite a broad range of papers that consider how objects accrue cultural meaning through their mobility.
Deadline for expression of interest: January 31, 2012

Topics may include, but are not restricted to the following themes:
– Accumulation/circulation of objects within private or institutional collections
– Cultures of repurposing, re-using or “up-cycling” goods
– Histories of Design and Decorative Arts as they relate to mobility
– Impact of commodity flows on localized cultures
– Architectural adaptations, renovations and revitalizations
– Dissemination of knowledge through print cultures
– Cross-cultural material exchange/encounter
– Circulation of knowledge through intangible cultural heritage
– Social impacts of transportation technologies
– Souvenirs and cultural tourism
Contributors from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are invited to submit articles, research reports or exhibition reviews that address the theme of “Objects in Motion.”
The deadline for an expression of interest, consisting of a 300-word abstract and CV, is January 31, 2012. Completed work will be due April 15, 2012. Information about formatting and submission can be found at: Electronic submissions should be sent to Richard MacKinnon, Editor-in-Chief:
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