CFP: "Threads of Circulation"

Ohio State University, Department of History of Art
Columbus, OH, April 11 – 12, 2014
Proposals due: January 17, 2014 (extended deadline)
This conference seeks papers that address and examine the shifting 
trajectories and connected histories of individual objects and
 ideologies across time and space. Over the last decade, there has been 
increased interest in network culture in ancient cultures, the early
 modern world, and postmodern globalization. This conference will focus 
on the ways in which material culture – singular artworks, objects, and 
technologies – reveals what Sanjay Subrahmanyam proposes as “the at
 times fragile threads that connect the globe.” In paying particular
 attention to perhaps paradoxical heterogeneity and following the
“fragile threads” of memory, history, and culture, this conference 
confronts and questions historical and cultural transmission across 
time and space.

In the spirit of connectivity, multiplicity, and circulation, we seek
 papers from a number of disciplines – art, architecture, archaeology,
 anthropology, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist and queer 
studies, experimental film and media, literature, philosophy, science
and technology, visual culture – and from a range of historical periods.
Keynote speaker: Dana Leibsohn, Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor 
of Art, Smith College. Her research addresses both indigenous visual
 culture in colonial Latin America and trans-Pacific trade in the early
 modern period. She has published on indigenous maps and manuscripts, 
hybridity in colonial visual culture and the trade between China and Mexico.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
borderland theory
copy culture and forgeries
correspondence art
cross-cultural and/or transhistorical appropriation
cultural rituals – art as agency/living presence
diasporas, “glocality,” and/or repatriation
digital humanities and recreating the past
early modern transatlanticism
eastern philosophy in western contexts/western philosophy in eastern
expanded cinema, film in art galleries
experimental ethnography
hybridized visual and material cultures
imitation of foreign works for trade
language and translation
media archaeology
necropolitics and haunting
reenactment, reperformance
precolonial and postcolonial societies
prints, manuscripts, and publishing
private media in public spaces
spolia and propaganda
subaltern studies
value and exchange – auctions, economics, regulation, trade
Please submit 350-word proposals and a resume to by January 17, 2014.

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