Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Created: 2013-06-13 09:51
Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Description: Colloquia at CRASSH, University of Cambridge (24-25 May 2013) and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Huntington Library, San Marino, California (27-28 September 2013).

Programme Director

Dr Alexander Marr

Conference Summary

Studies in the visual and material culture of the early modern world have recently focused on the concrete materiality or ‘thingness’ of things. But why is it that certain early modern things endured while others did not? Was it because of the intrinsic properties of their materials or other reasons: use and abuse, cultural or religious value, chance or neglect? How should we study those artefacts that have not survived, or which have endured in an imperfect state: the broken, incomplete, cast off and lost things of the early modern world?

This pair of colloquia will examine the fragility and robustness of early modern objects, exploring not only the matter of their material, but also the transitory or forgotten ways in which they were experienced and used. Reflecting on the sensory and temporal dimensions of artefacts, we will consider the effects upon them of memory, habit, and custom, exploring themes such as impermanence, decay, repair, and recycling. While seeking to recapture the early modern contexts that determined ephemerality and durability, we will ponder also the unspoken gaps in museums, libraries and archives, and how these themes shape current scholarship.

The colloquia will be an opportunity for graduate students and early career researchers to present work-in-progress and to discuss their research with established local and international scholars. Confirmed participants in the Cambridge colloquium include:

Professor Peter Stallybrass (UPenn)
Professor Christine Göttler (Bern)
Dr Niall Atkinson (Chicago)
Dr Marta Ajmar (V&A)
Professor Jacob Soll (USC)
Dr Jessica Keating (USC)
 

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Brendan McMahon: From Feathers to Stone to Skin: Ephemeral Materiality and the Case of Central Mexican Featherwork

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Session 1

From Feathers to Stone to Skin: Ephemeral Materiality and the Case of Central Mexican Featherwork
Brendan McMahon (University of Southern California)

Respondent:...

Collection: Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Thu 13 Jun 2013


Dr Helen Smith: Consuming Paper & Professor Jacob Soll: Account Books: the Persistence and Evolution of an Image

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Session 5

Dr Helen Smith (University of York)
Consuming Paper

Professor Jacob Soll (University of Southern California)
Account Books: the Persistence and Evolution of an...

Collection: Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Thu 13 Jun 2013


Ellen Dooley: The Ephemeral Golden Age: Fernando de la Torre Farfán’s Ode to the Seville School

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Session 2

The Ephemeral Golden Age: Fernando de la Torre Farfán’s Ode to the Seville School
Ellen Dooley (University of Southern California)

Respondent:Dr José Ramón...

Collection: Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Thu 13 Jun 2013


Nicholas Gliserman: Landscapes of War and Empire: The Case of William Wolfgang Römer

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Session 3
Landscapes of War and Empire: The Case of William Wolfgang Römer
Nicholas Gliserman (University of Southern California)

Respondent: Katy Barrett (University of...

Collection: Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Thu 13 Jun 2013


Professor Jacob Soll : Account Books: the Persistence and Evolution of an Image

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Conference Summary

Studies in the visual and material culture of the early modern world have recently focused on the concrete materiality or ‘thingness’ of things. But why is...

Collection: Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Tue 17 Sep 2013


Professor Peter Stallybrass: Ephemeral Matter

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Keynote Lecture

Ephemeral Matter
Professor Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania)

Collection: Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Thu 13 Jun 2013