From H-Material Culture:
Organised by Design Research Group and the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, the LOVE OBJECTS conference invites discussion and reconsideration of the relationships between people and their objects, concerning the role of objects in negotiations surrounding sex, desire, romance, identity and memory.
Keynote speakers include: Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr Louise Purbrick, Lecturer in History of Design at the University of Brighton.
Margolin is the curator of the Museum of Corn-temporary Art and the author of many publications including: Culture is Everywhere: Selections from the Museum of Corntemporary Art (Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2002), The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design and Design Studies (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002) and The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, 1917-1946 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997).
Purbrick has published extensively on the meanings of everyday life and the domestic world, new museum practices and cultural policies at sites of conflict and the material culture of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Her recent publications include The Wedding Present: Domestic Life
Beyond Consumption (London: Ashgate, 2007) and ‘Sites, Histories, Representations’ in Louise Purbrick, Jim Aulich and Graham Dawson, (eds.), Contested Spaces: Sites, Histories and Representations (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007).
The conference will include papers by the following speakers:
Angela Alexander (Ind.) Setting up home in the period 1800-1840
Emily Angus (Yale University Press) With this ring.. The Mystical Union, English Betrothal and Wedding Rings
Catherine Bates (Ind.) Comparing consumption at Irish weddings
Macushla Baudis (NCAD) Passion and possession: The Collector J. H. Fitzhenry and his relationship with the V&A
Jamie Brassett & Nicholas Rhodes (Central St. Martins) Luxury, Sex, Design, God Joanna Brück (UCD) Material Metaphors: objects andidentity in Early Bronze Age burials
Linda Carreiro (University of Calgary) Playing with bodily knowledge: interacting with anatomical manikins
Jill Connaughton (TCD) The Material of Devotion: a look at personal devotional objects in late medieval and early modern Ireland
Adam Drazin (NUIM) The Uncertainties of Home-Making: Irish-Romanian homes and relationships in Dublin
Christina Edwards (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) Material Memories: Making a Wet-Plate Collodion Memory-text
Alison Fitzgerald (UCD) Vested Objects: Silver and its meanings in eighteenth-century Ireland
Pauline Garvey (NUIM) Devotional Objects Stacey Greenbaum (Ind.) Product Voodoo: the extra rational life of objects
Kirsten Hardie (Arts Institute, Bournemouth) For the Love of Flock: Flocking Lovely Catherine Harper (University of Brighton) Double Dresses for Double Brides: identity design in lesbian Civil Partnerships
Jane Hattrick (University of Brighton) Seduced by the Archive: A personal relationship with the archive and collection of objects pertaining to the London couturier, Norman Hartnell
Emma Hoskins (University of Hull) Objects of Modernity: Symbolic Power and Discourse in a Globalising World
Elizabeth Howie (Wake Forest University) Bringing Out the Past: Courtly Love and 19th Century American Men’s Passionate Friendship Portraits
Kay Inckle (TCD) Love Hurts? Scars, Tattoos and the Emotional Body
Linda King (IADT) ‘Fly The Friendly Airline’: The Aer Lingus Air Hostess and the Commodification of Irish Femininity, 1951-1961.
Dagmar Korbacher (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) Museum Objects Today: Between Treasury and Merchandising
Claire Lerpiniere (De Montfort University) The Textile Snapshot
Sylvia Löeffler (NCAD) “Straight from the Heart” - The Use of Love Imagery on the Body and in Public Space
Helen McAllister (NCAD) Shoes: objects of love and desire
Ciara Murray (Ind.) Casting identity: a context for Belleek pottery
Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh (UCC) Loving Christ as your own: Christ-dolls, thwarted maternity and private devotion
Noreen Giffney (UCD) Objects of Desire: Queer Theory and the Non/Human
Paul O’Brien (NCAD) Cyber-Sex
Hyun-Jung Oh (University College London) Putting Together Memories and Fantasies: the Phenomenon of Dolls’ Houses and Women in their Second Childhood
Özlem Savas (University of Applied Arts, Vienna) A Diasporic Taste
Community: Islamic Fashion among Turkish Girls in Vienna
Jessica Sewell (Boston University) A Playboy’s Pipe
Jo Turney (Bath Spa University) Making Love with Needles: Tales of love, hate, possession and rejection from three knitted objects
Arno Verhoeven (Sandberg Institute) Touch: Ambient Intelligence, traditional craft and commensality
Nadine Wagener-Böck (Georg-August University of Göttingen) A Cape, A Cusp and the ‘Communist Skirt’: Some Thoughts on How Clothes Shape Mother/Daughter Relationships
Audrey Whitty (NMI) The Albert M. Bender Collection of Asian Art in the National Museum of Ireland
Wendy Williams (Wendy Williams Design) Mad about biscuits
Ann Wilson (NCAD) Love and devotion: Nineteenth-century Irish Catholic material culture as represented in novels
Convened by the Design Research Group, Conference Steering Committee, NCAD:
Dr Ciáran Swan
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