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Call for Papers | Animaterialities

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 13, 2019

From ArtHist.net:

Animaterialities: The Material Culture of Animals (including Humans)
Sixteenth Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars
University of Delaware, 24–25 April 2010

Proposals due by 5 December 2019

The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invites submissions for graduate student papers that examine the relationship between material culture and animal studies for its biennial Emerging Scholars Symposium (April 24–25, 2020). This symposium merges the interdisciplinary study of animals—and the related critical conversations surrounding animality, species, agency, objectivity, and subjectivity—with material culture studies.

Five years after the Audubon Society’s startling Birds and Climate Change Report, we continue to hear about the prices non-human animals pay for human choices: extinction, loss of habitat, and poisoned food sources. The present moment begs, more than ever, critical questions about the intersections between the material world and the (fellow) animals with whom we share it. We thus propose the theme ‘animaterialities’, a term which acknowledges the constant presence of other-than-human animals as physical bodies entangled in various anthropocentric systems, whether political, economic or cultural. Animaterialities encourages participants to consider animals not as passive forms of matter for human use, but as active beings capable of resilience in the face of humans’ material domination and exploitation. Finally, it recognizes the necessary turn material culture studies must take when applied to other-than-human animals, as opposed to artificial, vegetal, or mineral subjects/materials.

Generative questions might include:
• How do material objects define or challenge the boundaries between humans, animals, and objects?
• How are animals transformed into material forms?
• How are animals made visible or invisible in the built environment, text, image, material goods, the archive, and the museum?
• How do animal materialities cut across, complicate, and generate global, hemispheric, and imperial worlds?
• How can we re-conceptualize materialities and animalities as active agents in their worlds, rather than passive participants?

Contributions to this theme may take, but are not limited to, the following forms:
• The production and conservation of animal materials
• Materials that imitate animals
• Animals as objects, the “thingness” of animals, and defying objective treatment
• The materialities of animal labor
• Experimentation with animals and animal materials
• Animal classification, collecting, and display
• Material culture of living history farms, zoos and zoological gardens, and preserves
• Visual culture and representation of animal materials
• The social life of animals
• The material aspects of animal abuse

Submissions: Proposals by current graduate students and recent graduates (May 2019 or later) should be no more than 250 words. Up to two relevant images are welcome. Send your proposal and a current c.v. (two pages or fewer) to emergingscholars2020@udel.edu.

Deadline: Proposals must be received by December 5th, 2019. Speakers will be notified of the committee’s decision by the end of January 2020. Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide digital images for use in publicity and are required to submit their final papers and presentations/slide decks ahead of the conference. Travel grants will be available for participants.

Fellowships | Bard Graduate Center, 2020–21

Posted in fellowships by Editor on October 13, 2019

The fellowship programs at Bard Graduate Center (BGC) are designed to further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history, and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” We offer a number of fellowship opportunities for researchers working in these and allied areas. We are currently accepting applications for two types of fellowships, see below for details. For questions, please contact fellowships@bgc.bard.edu.

Bard Research Fellowships, 2020–21
Applications due 15 November 2019

Bard Graduate Center is pleased to announce its Fields of the Future Initiative, a funded research fellowship and mentorship program aimed to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. As a reflection of the need to explore and expand the sources, techniques, voices, perspectives, and questions of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship, our research fellowship theme for academic year 2020–21 is “How do we know?” We invite scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience, as well as current doctoral students, to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2020–21 academic year. Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Learn more»

Bard Visiting Fellowships, 2020–21
Applications due 1 February 2020

Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2020–21 academic year. The theme for this period is “How Do We Know?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the Bard Graduate Center Research Center and enable them to be a part of our dynamic scholarly community in New York City. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year. Learn more»