Archaeology as Spectacle

full name / name of organization: 
Modernist Studies Association, Modernism and Spectacle (Las Vegas)
contact email: 
heather.lusty@unlv.edu

CFP MSA XIV Las Vegas, NV October 18-21, 2012 Archaeology & Spectacle

The modern era witnessed an unprecedented display of archaeological artifacts, the establishment and success of museums as repositories of history, and an increase in cultural tourism. This panel invites essays that explore the variety of avenues to public display/spectacle for archaeological and cultural artifacts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For example, in Holger Hoock’s Empires of the Imagination, insight into a century of British organization of the past reveals how historic symbols are crucial to presentation of national cohesion. Public-private constructions of culture increased with state involvement in the 19th century, as processes to recover artifacts of antiquity for public display reflected a network of British pride. Scholars from all disciplines and approaches welcome. Send abstracts (approx 250 words) to heather.lusty@unlv.edu by February 28th, 2012.

cfp categories: 
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian