Things: Material Culture at Cambridge, Easter 2013

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on April 16, 2013

Programming from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge:

Things: Material Cultures of the Long Eighteen Century
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge, ongoing series

The seminar meets alternate Tuesdays 12.30-2.30pm in the Seminar Room, Alison Richard Building, West Road. Please note that there will not be sandwiches served this term, so the seminar will start promptly at 12.30. You are welcome to join the speakers for lunch afterwards.

Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 2.28.56 PMThe early-modern period was the age of ‘stuff.’ Public production, collection, display and consumption of objects grew in influence, popularity, and scale. The form, function, and use of objects, ranging from scientific and musical instruments to weaponry and furnishings were influenced by distinct and changing features of the period. Early-modern knowledge was not divided into strict disciplines, in fact practice across what we now see as academic boundaries was essential to material creation. This seminar series uses an approach based on objects to encourage us to consider the unity of ideas of this period, to emphasise the lived human experience of technology and art, and the global dimension of material culture. We will build on our success discussing the long eighteenth century in 2012-13 to look at the interdisciplinary thinking through which early modern material culture was conceived, adding an attention to the question of what a ‘thing’ is, to gain new perspectives on the period through its artefacts.

Each seminar will feature two talks each
considering a way of thinking about objects.

30 April 2013 — Printed Things
Sean Roberts (University of Southern California) and Elizabeth Upper (UL Munby Fellow)

14 May 2013 — Paper, Making, Things
Elaine Leong (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) and Helen Smith (University of York)

28 May 2013 — Handling Things
Melanie Vandenbrouck (National Maritime Museum), Felicity Powell (Artist), and Ben Carpenter (University of Wolverhampton)

11 June 2013 — Painted Things
Matthew Hunter (McGill University) and Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre)

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Fellowships | University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships

Posted in fellowships by Editor on April 16, 2013

The 2014 University of Sydney Research Fellowship Scheme is now open.

The University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships were established in 1996 to support excellence in full-time research undertaken in the University. The Fellowships are extremely prestigious and highly competitive internationally in line with equivalent externally funded fellowships. They are intended to support early career researchers. Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity in order to be short-listed. Successful applicants are expected to be based full-time at the University for the duration of the Fellowship, which is for a maximum period of three years.

There is an Expression of Interest process for intending applicants within the humanities and social sciences with a deadline of Friday 3 May (the EoI form is available on the above webpage). For those applicants who progress beyond the EoI stage, the closing date for full applications is Friday 31 May.

This year we would like to make a special effort to recruit exceptional applicants in Art History, among other fields. As a guide, most applicants who progress to the stage of submitting a full application are onto their second book project and/or have a series of articles around a specific research area. This is often an applicant’s second postdoc, although that is not expected. All applicants must have received their PhD between 1 Jan 2008 and 31 Dec 2012.

Kind regards,

JENNIFER MILAM | Professor of Art History
Pro Dean Research | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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