Call for Papers: Recycling Luxury

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 15, 2010

I just stumbled across this CFP this morning; unfortunately, the deadline for submissions is today. [Note: the due date has been extended to 12 April]

Recycling Luxury and Waste in the Long 18th Century: The ‘Afterlife of Used Things’ in Britain and France
Université Paris Diderot, 22-23 June 2010

Proposals due by 12 April 2010

The 2010 conference on the afterlife of used things in the long 18th century will expand on the 2009 ‘cycles of novelty’ symposium, which had explored some of the many aspects of recycling in particular in relation to art and literature. This year’s conference will focus on recycling in relation to social, economic and material practices in the long 18th century and will broaden its geographical boundaries to include France.

We invite participants to study the versatile practices of recycling and refashioning that shaped the eighteenth-century world of goods with particular emphasis on the double question of waste and luxury. Thus the refashioning of old objects into new desirable ones, the thriving second-hand market often fuelled by the luxury trades and the problem of “waste management” in societies characterized by increased opulence are among the questions that the conference will seek to explore. The management of resources (both natural and man-made), their scarcity and their uses will also be central to the conference and we welcome papers exploring the topography or geographical circulation of goods and resources involved by practices of recycling. We also hope to somewhat chart the processes of valuation/devaluation and re-evaluation through which both fashionable luxury objects and discarded material went through and invite contributors to submit papers focusing on the cultural uses and values of objects/materials along the various stages of this process.

Conference papers can be in English or in French. We are in contact with several publishers to get a selection of papers from this year’s and last year’s conferences published. This publication will be in English. Please send your proposals (max 300 words) to the organisers by 12th April 2010 at the following addresses:

Ariane Fennetaux, Université Paris-Diderot, Paris 7
Amélie Junqua, Université de Picardie Jules Verne
Sophie Vasset, Université Paris-Diderot, Paris 7

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  1. Denise Amy Baxter said, on March 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Looks like they’ve extended the date for proposals to 12 April.

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