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Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation, 1880 to the present

Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation, 1880 to the present

Publié le par Bérenger Boulay (Source : Patrick Crowley)

5-8 July 2007

Proposals for twenty-minute presentations or panels of three to four presenters are invited for a conference entitled “Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation, 1880 to the present,” to be held at the University of York, England and co-sponsored by the University of Sussex.

Keynote speakers: Bill Brown, Mary Ann Doane, Hal Foster, Patrick Keiller, Hermione Lee, Edmund White

This conference proposes a re-engagement with representational realism and its objects and effects across a wide range of aesthetic, critical and theoretical practices. We seek to engage cutting-edge work that raises new questions about the status of the object of representation; representations as archives of material history; the shifts in representational practices associated with modernism and postmodernism; the changing status of real bodies and lives (as opposed to their representations) as objects of analysis in the humanities; and the politics of these transitions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Realism as modernism/modernism as realism
Rethinking photographic indexicality; cinema and/as archive
Paintings, documents, realism: literary and visual representation
The turn to science
Postmodernism, realism and the real
Representation and the psychoanalytic Real
Evidence, document and representation
New philosophies of nature
Documentary film practices
Biopolitics, biopower, bodies
Forensics, indices and popular culture
Performance, theatricality and materiality
Success and/or failure of representation
Presentation vs. representation
New technologies, representation and embodiment
Anti-sublimation and resistance to metaphor
Please send 250-word paper abstracts and 1000-word panel abstracts to by 1 February 2007. Organisers: Victoria Coulson (University of York), Jane Elliott (University of York), John David Rhodes (University of Sussex).