Cfp: Matter and Materiality in the Early Modern World

12 June 2015

CRASSH, University of Cambridge

We are pleased to announce the one-day conference, *Matter and Materiality
in the Early Modern World*, in collaboration with the CRASSH graduate
group Things That Matter>seminar series.

The conference is funded by the School of Arts and Humanities and supported
by the Centre for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). It
will be held in the Alison Richard Building, the home of CRASSH.

The conference will be centered around the theme of ?materiality? in order
to acknowledge the current ?material turn? in scholarship. A deeper
awareness of matter will allow speakers to emphasise how the economic,
cultural, and physical attributes of certain materials contributed to
understanding the value and connotations of objects in their original
contexts. We welcome paper proposals from postgraduates and early career
researchers from fields including (but not restricted to) Literature, Asian
and Middle Eastern Studies, Art History, History, History and Philosophy of
Science, Modern and Medieval Languages, Anthropology, Archaeology, Material
Culture Studies, Music and Philosophy.

*Dr Helen Smith* (Department of English and Related Literature, University
of York) will offer a keynote paper. Dr Smith is a historian of the early
modern book, social and religious history. Her current research explores
theories of matter in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and how the
materiality of books and more ephemeral paper objects, such as wastepaper,
contributed to these theories.

In order to encourage a thought-provoking and innovative conference
atmosphere, we will organise a variety of panels. In addition to a set of
traditional panels with three twenty-minute papers, we will also organise
two ?lightening round? panels composed of five ten-minute papers each,
which will offer some presenters the option of presenting brief case
studies. Please indicate if you have a strong preference for the 20- or 10-
minute panel format.

We encourage proposals from the following topics:

–  concepts and theories of matter and materiality
–  materiality of devotion
–  the material text/textual materials
–  materiality of ephemeral things, such as food and cosmetics
–  materials in scientific experimentation
–  materiality of clothes/the body
–  close investigations of the materials used to make objects (silver,
wood, tin, porcelain, etc)

*Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and a short biography of
100 words* to Katie Tycz and Sophie Pitman at *by
1 March 2015.*
More information will be available soon on the CRASSH’s event page or the conference website 

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