CFP: Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation, 1880-Present (UK) (2/1/07; 7/5/07-7/8/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Jane Elliott
contact email: 

5-8 July 2007

Proposals for twenty-minute presentations or panels of three to four =20
presenters are invited for a conference entitled =93Real Things: =20
Matter, Materiality, Representation, 1880 to the present,=94 to be held =20=

at the University of York, England and co-sponsored by the University =20=

of Sussex.

Keynote speakers:
Bill Brown
Mary Ann Doane
Hal Foster
Patrick Keiller
Hermione Lee
Edmund White

This conference proposes a re-engagement with representational =20
realism and its objects and effects across a wide range of aesthetic, =20=

critical and theoretical practices, from 1880 to the present day. We =20
seek to engage cutting-edge work that raises new questions about the =20
status of the object of representation; representations as archives =20
of material history; the shifts in representational practices =20
associated with modernism and postmodernism; the changing status of =20
real bodies and lives (as opposed to their representations) as =20
objects of analysis in the humanities; and the politics of these =20
transitions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the =20

--Realism as modernism/modernism as realism
--Rethinking photographic indexicality; cinema and/as archive
--Paintings, documents, realism: literary and visual representation
--The turn to science
--Postmodernism, realism and the real
--Representation and the psychoanalytic Real
--Evidence, document and representation
--New philosophies of nature
--Documentary film practices
--Biopolitics, biopower, bodies
--Forensics, indices and popular culture
--Performance, theatricality and materiality
--Success and/or failure of representation
--Presentation vs. representation
--New technologies, representation and embodiment
--Anti-sublimation and resistance to metaphor

Please send 250-word paper abstracts and 1000-word panel abstracts to =20= by 1 Febraury 2007. For more =20
information, please contact

Victoria Coulson, University of York
Jane Elliott, University of York
John David Rhodes, University of Sussex

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