Monday, 14 June 2010

Manifestos for Materials

[image: Lyonel Feininger, Kathedrale, Holzschnitt für das Bauhaus-Manifest, 1919]

TAG 2010
I'm convening this session at the December 2010 meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, which will be held at Bristol University (17-19 December). The session abstract is below, and information about the conference is here. Registration for the conference costs £50 (waged)/£25 (unwaged).
The accepted papers and abstracts for this session have now been posted here.

Manifestos for Materials (convened by Dan Hicks, University of Oxford)
Sunday 19 December 2010
Manifestos are re-emerging, perhaps: from Donna Haraway's Companion Species Manifesto (2003), to Danny Miller and Sophie Woodward's Manifesto for a study of Denim (2007), to Bruno Latour's Compositionist Manifesto (2010). These manifestos are diverse, but while we might imagine manifestos to be concerned with human life, human thought, human politics, or human futures, material things/nonhumans figure prominently in these texts.

In this context, this session invites two kinds of contribution. First, papers that reconsider the place of materials/things/nonhumans in previous manifestos - from Communism, Futurism or Vorticism to Surrealism, Humanism or Cyborg Feminism - and their contemporary relevance, are invited. Second, papers written in the form of contemporary manifestos for materials - setting out particular visions of the study of material things, or exploring/questioning the contemporary utility of the idea of the manifesto - are welcomed.

Contributions along these lines, on the theme of 'Manifestos for Materials' are invited from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, art history, archaeology, cultural geography, STS, ANT, and related fields.

The call for papers for this session closed in September 2010. The accepted papers are listed here.

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