14 June, 2012
Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things, 4-6 December, 2012
Hosted by the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney
(pre-fix pre-conference 3 December)
Call for papers
Cultural studies has a long history of investigating material practices – indeed it was a founding tenet of British cultural studies – but recently a new turn or return to materialism seems to be emerging in the field. What this materiality now means is still open, but we suggest that it flags a renewed interest in questions of how to study cultural objects, institutions and practices (methods), what constitutes matter and materiality (empiricism), and how things (humans and non-humans) are being reworked at a time of global economic, environmental and cultural flux.
We encourage proposed panels and individual papers that engage with the wide spectrum of issues flagged by our title, including submissions that focus on:
- placing sexuality, gender and race within the more-than-human;
- the materiality of texts and genres;
- the future and the past of material cultural studies;
- environmental humanities and changing ecologies;
- cultural studies within the anthropocene;
- cultural relations with/in primary and natural resources;
- the new materiality of globalism
Papers and panels not focusing on the theme are also welcome. Abstracts for proposed papers due by 24 August 2012.
For more information and contact details, please go to the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies website