The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association wishes to encourage participation in the 2013 Annual Meeting: “Beyond the Logic of Debt: Towards an Ethic of Collective Dissent,” November 21-24, 2013 at the Hilton Washington, Washington, DC. To read the conference Call for Papers please see: http://www.theasa.net/annual_meeting/page/submit_a_proposal/ Ideas and Abstracts due to theContinue Reading

The In-Betweenness of Things:  Materializing Mediation and Movement between Worlds A One-Day Symposium at The British Museum 22 March 2013 This one-day symposium is scheduled to coincide with the Sowei Mask: Spirit of Sierra Leone exhibition, on display at The British Museum between 14 February and 27 April 2013. The mask atContinue Reading

Artefacts: Using Objects in Studies of the History of Science and Technology A collective of researchers whose goal is to promote the use of objects in serious historical studies.  

[Greek Coffee Cup, 1960s; from the NY Times site] An artichoke and an elevator. A Checker taxicab and a conductor’s baton. A MetroCard and a mastodon tusk. Inspired by “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” the British Museum’s BBC radio series and book, the NY Times recruited historians and museumContinue Reading

‘Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things’ Organising committee: Fiona Allon, Prudence Black, Catherine Driscoll, Elspeth Probyn, Kane Race & Guy Redden. Hosted by the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, University of Sydney Dec 4th-6th (pre-fix pre-conference Dec 3rd) Cultural studies has a long history of investigating material practices – indeedContinue Reading