Call for Papers: Material Cultures in the Space Between, 1914-1945

The 14th annual Space Between Society Conference invites proposals that consider questions and problems related to the study of material cultures in the years 1914-1945.

In the Space Between Society scholars studying literature, media, art, society, and culture between 1914 and 1945 exchange ideas about their approaches and their objects of study.  This year’s conference addresses the varied material cultures that shape the world within which people live, work, and make art.  We invite researchers to ask:

  • Which material practices shape this period and our knowledge about it?
  • What methods and assumptions must we bring to bear on the objects of our study?
  • What are the challenges of working on material culture and bringing such work into conversation with scholars in a range of fields?

Possible presentation or panel topics include:

  • Print culture
  • Museums and Exhibitions
  • Fashion
  • Architecture and the built environment
  • The city
  • Interior design
  • The archive
  • The material culture of war
  • Memory practices
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology and ethnography
  • Theorizing objects, things, and stuff
  • Theatre, performance, and embodiment
  • Media and the materialization of culture
  • The temporalities of material culture

Please send abstracts (no more than 300 words) along with a short biographical statement to Tamar Katz and Claire Buck at by 28 November 2011.

Brown University, Providence, Rhodes Island

June 14-16 2012


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