CFP: Material Networks

Material Networks | Networked Materials


We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our
fellow men.

- Henry Melvill, Golden Lectures, 1855

A network, as a universal concept, is any interconnected system of people
and objects. Networks are a primary and innate function of all cultures,
promoting communication and exchanges of objects and ideas. Our vision of
the "material network" focuses on the objects and ideas of exchange, the
messages they convey, and their changing identities and associations across
diverse temporalities, geographies and cultures.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

* Patrimony
* The practice of collecting
* Coercion, occupation, and foreign missions
* War, looting, and spolia
* Correspondence and gift exchange
* Travel and trade

The conference will take place on May 6, 2011 at the Bard Graduate Center in
New York City. Students currently enrolled in a graduate program are invited
to submit an abstract not to exceed 500 words (eventually for a 20-minute
paper) as well as a current C.V. or

résumé in PDF format to Please send your
submission before Friday, February 4, 2011. Accepted speakers will be
notified via email by the end of February.
Bard Graduate Center | 18 West 86th Street | New York, NY 10024


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