Material Culture Conferences

1.) Thinking About ‘Things’: Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture
An international, multi-disciplinary graduate conference
UCD, Dublin, Ireland
May 5-7, 2009
Submissions due March 16

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2.) Visuality / Materiality: Reviewing Theory, Method and Practice
The Royal Institute for British Architects
London, UK
July 9-11, 2009

Plenary Speakers: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Dr Paul Frosh, Professor Jane Jacobs

Provisional Speakers Include: Mike Crang (Durham), Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmith’s); Marquard Smith (Westminster); Prof Mimi Sheller (Swarthmore), Ruth Panelli (UCL); Yoke-Sum Wong (Lancaster); Craig Campbell (Alberta); Mathias Broth (Linkoping University), Oskar Juhlin (Interactive Institute); Dean Sully (UCL); Michael Pryke (Ou); Eric Laurier (Edinburgh); Niki Sperou (visual artist, Adelaide); Ruth Fazakerley (Visual Artist, Adelaide) and Agnieszka Golda (Visual Artist, Wollongong)

Visuality/Materiality attends to the relationship between the visual and the material as a way of approaching both the meaning of visual and its other aspects. The interrogation of image as sign, metaphor, and text has long dominated the realm of visual theory and analysis. But the material role of visual praxis in everyday landscapes of seeing has been an emergent area of visual research; visual design, urban visual practice, visual grammars and vocabularies of domestic spaces, including the formation and structuring of practices of living and political being, are critical to 21st century grammars of living. The relationship between Visuality/Materiality here is about social meaning and practice; where identity, power, space, and geometries of seeing are approached here through a grounded approach to material technologies, design and visual research, everyday embodied seeing, labour, ethics and utility. This conference is aimed at providing a dialogic space where the nature and role of a contemporary visual theory and practice can be evaluated, in light of materiality, practice, the affective, performativity; and where the methodological encounter informs our intellectual critique.

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