LASA 2012 (San Francisco) "The Nature of Things: Material Culture in Latin America"

full name / name of organization: 
LASA
contact email: 
svnavar@emory.edu; gandolfi@princeton.edu

Material culture has played a central role in Latin American history and in the definition of national identities, especially when it has taken the form of objects and commodities. Nevertheless, the links between material culture and cultural production in Latin America pertain to an area of study that is relatively unexplored. The aim of this panel is to examine the relationship between the circulation of material objects and Latin American literature and cinema, by analyzing those spaces where culture and the world of material objects interacts.

The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: subject/object relationship; commodity fetishism; fashion; theories/philosophies of technology; theories of collecting; thing theory; affect and objects; animate objects.

Please send 250 word abstracts and brief biographical statements (English or Spanish) to Sandra Navarro, svnavar@emory.edu. or Laura Gandolfi, gandolfi@princeton.edu

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
theory
travel_writing