The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) announces the following session at the Association’s Annual Meeting, “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century,” 6-9 November  2014, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA USA Material Culture Caucus Session: Twenty Years, TwentyContinue Reading

15-17 September 2014 Emmanuel College Cambridge United Kingdom While some scholars have understood the activity of overseas Christian missionaries primarily in terms of a ‘Colonization of Consciousness’ (Comaroff & Comaroff 1992), a range of recent scholarship has also emphasised the profoundly material dimensions of much missionary activity. While religious conversionContinue Reading

Call For Papers Thinking with Things, 1500-1940: An interdisciplinary material culture workshop for graduate students 25th April 2014 Deadline for abstract submission: 3rd March 2014 Keynote speaker: Dr Spike Bucklow, Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge Closing Remarks: Dr Katy Barrett, Royal Museums, Greenwich Thinking with Things is a one-day workshop to beContinue Reading

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 inContinue Reading

Haidy Geismar, UCL [Ed note: This is Material World Blog’s 1000’th post!] I’ve been thinking about novels that have something profound to contribute to Material Culture Studies having just read Peter Carey’s The Chemistry of Tears which is a remarkable instantiation of the affective entanglement of techniques, materials, and emotion.Continue Reading

American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers At the Bard Graduate Center, New York City, July 1-26, 2013 Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative arts, and many other types of material. The Bard Graduate Center will host a four-week NEH Summer InstituteContinue Reading