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Friday, August 03, 2007

Symposium: Objects and Narrative

From H-ArtHist:

Telling Stories: Objects and Narrative

an international one-day symposium

Friday 21st September 2007

Loughborough University School of Art and Design,
Epinal Way, Loughborough, UK

Loughborough University School of Art and Design are pleased to announce the third of their Telling Stories symposia. 'Objects and Narrative' explores the possibilities of narrative in relation to particular objects or collections. Fashioned or found, the object maintains its status as a familiar trope within contemporary practice. Things may be located and dis-located, de-valued and re- valued; whether as souvenirs, keepsakes or kitsch, objects reference memory, nostalgia and identity. The 'situated' or 'contingent' object conveys the particularities of place, culture and time. Objects and Narrative brings together writers, artists and performers to discuss a range of interpretations of this theme.

Keynote addresses will be given by:
Stuart Brisley (artist)
Martha Buskirk (Montserrat College of Art)

Selected papers include:

Unpacking My Father's Library
Polly Gould (University of the Arts, London)

On speaking and listening to artefacts - a Chinese understanding of the
making of pots
Geoffrey Gowlland (University of Cambridge)

Curating the City as Text: Contesting Art Display using Literary Narrative
Robert Knifton (MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University)

The house of an architect
Andy Milligan and Helen O'Connor (University of Dundee)

Counterfictions through objects in art
Magali Nachtergael (Université Paris)

Appropriated Imagery, Material Affects, & Narrative Outcomes
Marie Shurkus (Pomona College in Claremont, California)

For further information (including electronic booking form and information
on the series of symposia) see Telling Stories website at

or to book a place at the symposium please contact Sandra Leeland, 01509
228901 - or do get in touch with us at email or

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