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Objects of Modernity: Practice, Heritage, Methodology
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The University of Birmingham
British Academy Early Career Research Event:
This one day forum, held at The University of Birmingham’s Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity and generously sponsored by the British Academy, provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers and established scholars from academia, the heritage and museum sector and the creative arts disciplines to reflect on shared concerns related to the theory, practice and methodology of objects research – objects as subjects of academic study, of heritage management and of creative impetus. This is a burgeoning field of study: thing theory, pioneered by Bill Brown among others, has spawned new, interdisciplinary research from literary critics, art historians, philosophers, sociologists and cultural historians about the ways in which objects and things can shed light on the past (as mediators of cultural, social and material interaction) and on the present (as markers of ‘heritage’).
The forum will provide an opportunity for ECRs working across different disciplines to come together to talk about the ways in which objects of modernity (physical, phenomenological, imagined) function in art, literature and culture, and will offer researchers a space in which the challenges of such objects (hermeneutic, methodological and curatorial) can be debated in an interdisciplinary way. ECRs from the heritage sector in particular will be encouraged to bring along information about their institutional collections, particularly in areas they consider to be untapped. The aim of the event is, therefore, to help unlock some of the resources, archives and collections of objects, things and artefacts of the industrial and post-industrial heritage of the UK to ECRs, and to help forge new professional, cross-disciplinary connections that will shape a growing and fertile field of study in the coming years.
Please send proposals for 10-15 minute presentations to Dr Daniel Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 14th April 2014. Papers might focus on one or more of the following: