Monthly Archives: April 2013

CFP:Objects of remembrance (a special issue of the *Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts)

Call for Proposals: Objects of remembrance

Objects have always been and continue to be carriers of personal and communal memories. The proliferation of objects of remembrance starting in the nineteenth century speaks to the widely felt desire for tangible markers of both fleeting personal experiences and significant public events, from coronations to catastrophes; and equally to the possibilities created by new production processes and technologies that emerged in that century and after. What was particular to modern notions and experiences of time that called forth this demand for souvenirs, commemorative medals and ceramics, postcards, photo albums, and a wide variety of other objects of all kinds that could serve as devices of memory? What roles did such objects play in individual lives, in communities, and in larger social and political relationships? What strategies did artists, designers and manufacturers use to produce objects that could serve these functions?

We invite proposals for a collection of essays—to be published as a special issue of the Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (DAPA)—that address objects of remembrance during the modern era. Our aim is to promote an interdisciplinary approach to objects that served as carriers of memory.
Essays may explore such dimensions as design, decoration, manufacture, dissemination, and marketing, as well as the meanings and affective attachments that objects acquire once they have passed into the hands of their owners. Contributions from any field in the humanities—including history, art history, design history, cultural studies, gender studies, anthropology, ethnography, and others—are welcome.

The chronological focus for the special issue is from the mid-nineteenth century through 1945, but contributions that extend these parameters will be considered, as will essays that engage contemporary practices applied to historical artifacts. High quality visual documentation is a key aim of
DAPA: each essay should include between twelve and twenty illustrations.
Essays should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words.

Abstracts of no longer than 500 words should be submitted by May 31 to both of the editors, at the email addresses provided below. Abstracts should identify as specifically as possible the illustrations to be included.
Authors will be responsible for obtaining the rights to publish images, but the journal will offer reimbursements to cover a part of these costs. The editors will notify contributors by June 20 that they have been invited to submit a first draft of their essay, due October 1.

The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts was established in 1986 and is published by The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, a museum and research center in Miami Beach, Florida. The goal of DAPA is to publish new scholarship on the visual and material culture of the second half of the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth, focusing particular attention on often-overlooked media such as decorative arts and propaganda, alongside fine arts, architecture, and industrial and graphic design. DAPA aims to reach a broad audience, including specialists in art history, architectural history, and cultural studies, as well as non-specialist readers, such as collectors, designers, and design enthusiasts. For that reason, we request that authors contribute essays written in a style that will be accessible to these broader audiences. Information about back issues can be found at

Marta Zarzycka, Guest Editor

Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow

Graduate Gender Programme

Department of Media and Culture Studies

Utrecht University

Jon Mogul, Senior Editor

Assistant Director for Research and Academic Initiatives

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University

CFP:Student Conference, “Urban Metamorphoses”, Bucharest, DL 29.04

Call for Papers

Student Conference:  Urban Metamorphoses: Landscapes of Power and Memory

Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest

May 17-18, 2013

The relationship between the political and the urban form has been under much scrutiny as the last two decades witnessed significant changes in both the political and urban arenas: totalitarian regimes in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East have fallen, as conflicts ravaged cities from Mostar to Baghdad, while social inequality has risen on a global scale. The city has morphed in connection with political transformations, its metamorphoses being charged with diverse power plays and discourses on justice, coming to terms with the past and engagements with memory. From the debates on the demolition of the Berlin Socialist-era Palace of the Republic in order to rebuild a Prussian Royal Palace to the reconstruction of the center of Beirut, the building of the new polity and the processes of coming to terms with the past have had a great influence on city-making. This multidisciplinary student conference seeks to further the analysis of recent urban metamorphoses by means of a double interrogation.

First, it will consider urban space as an indicator of the relationship with the past. It aims to investigate the transformations of places into sites of memory and how architectural projects, memorials, or museums narrate, fabricate or silence the past.

Second, it will explore urban sites and projects as a means by which different aspects of the *statu quo* are being expressed or contested. We aim to engage with the dramatic changes that cities witnessed / are witnessing in different political contexts and regimes (socialist/ postsocialist, colonial / postcolonial, conflict/post-conflict etc). We call for explorations of resistance and resilience, contestations, as well as critical examinations of the intricate relations between various actors involved in the planning process. This includes forms of urban contestation of the current political and socio-economic *statu quo*,including forms of environmental and social injustice.

Therefore, we welcome theoretical or empirical papers addressing the following or related topics:

·Urban Architecture, Objects and Memories

·Political Projects (and Utopias) of the Built Environment

·Post-conflict Cities and Multiple Narratives about the Past

·Governance, Urban Politics/ Policies and Social Change

·The Street / Market as a Space of Politics and Sociality

·Political Activism (Environmental, etc.) and the Urban Space

·Urban Neighborhoods and Ethnic Relations

·The City as a Space of Separation/ Segregation

·“Lieux de mémoire”, Museums and Contested Heritage
The conference is open to both undergraduate (final years) and postgraduate students from different fields of social sciences and the humanities: Political Science, Architecture, Urban Planning, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Economics, Art History, etc.

The conference will take place at the Political Science Department, University of Bucharest: 8, Spiru Haret Street, 010175, Bucharest (District 1), Romania.

Applications, in English or French, consisting of a paper abstract of 250 words and a short bio (one paragraph) should be submitted by April 29th, to:

Please mention if funding of accommodation costs is needed (currently available funding is very limited). We also welcome research posters fitting with the conference theme.

The selected papers should be submitted by May 10th (cca. 20, 000 – 25, 000 characters). All presentations will be in either French or English; passive knowledge of both languages is assumed, but the final paper can be written in Romanian, English, or French.

The conference is part of the activities taking place within the framework of the project “La rue comme lieu d’expression du politique”, conducted by University of Bucharest, Political Science Department; Sciences Po Paris, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales; Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA), Istanbul; Nouvelle Université Bulgare, Sofia and Université Dokuz Eylül, Izmir:

Workshop : Patrimoine et tourisme au Maghreb au prisme des sciences sociales

Appel à candidatures pour l’atelier doctoral Patrimoine et tourisme au Maghreb au prisme des sciences sociales
Lieu : Abbaye de Sylvanès (Aveyron, France)

Date : 23-25 septembre 2013

Coordination : Colette Zytnicki (Université Toulouse Le Mirail)

Appel à candidatures : Atelier Patrimoine argumentaire

Organisation : École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Groupe de recherche « Patrimoine » (Université La Manouba), Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain, Centre Jacques-Berque, UMR 5136 (Framespa, Toulouse), Centro Interdisplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades da Universidade de Évora, dans le cadre du programme Envimed (CNRS, Ministère des affaires étrangères et européennes)

Date limite des candidatures : 15 juin 2013
Date limite de validation des candidatures : 15 juillet 2013

Publication: Noémie Etienne, La restauration des peintures à Paris (1750-1815). Pratiques et discours sur la matérialité des œuvres d’art,

Présentation du  livre de Noémie Etienne : La restauration des peintures à Paris (1750-1815). Pratiques et discours sur la matérialité des œuvres d’art, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2012 ; avec une préface de Mauro Natale et une postface de Dominique Poulot.
L’événement aura lieu le Jeudi 16 mai, de 18h à 20h, à la Bibliothèque de l’Unité d’histoire de l’art, Université de Genève, rue du Général-Dufour 24, 4e étage. Tél : +41 (0) 22 379 70 75.
La présentation sera suivie d’une table-ronde avec:

– Lorenz Baumer, professeur, Département des sciences de l’Antiquité, Université de Genève
– Isabel Garcia Gomez, conservatrice-restauratrice, Musée d’ethnographie de Genève
– Sabine Nemec-Piguet, directrice générale, Office du Patrimoine et des Sites

Modération : Étienne Dumont, journaliste, Tribune de Genève

Conservation et restauration des biens culturels : histoires et enjeux

La restauration des œuvres d’art fascine et soulève parfois la controverse. Pourquoi conserver un objet ? Qui sont les restaurateurs ? Et à qui profitent les interventions ? Ces questions se sont posées dès la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle en Europe et sont toujours d’actualité. Le jeudi 16 mai 2013, de 18h à 20h, l’université de Genève organise une table ronde réunissant des professionnels du patrimoine et des chercheurs universitaires autour du livre de Noémie Étienne, La restauration des peintures à Paris (1750-1815). L’ouvrage analyse une période essentielle durant laquelle la restauration s’est trouvée au cœur des débats sociaux et politiques. L’auteure montre comment artistes, experts, philosophes et spectateurs se sont passionnés pour la conservation des peintures et la transformation de leur aspect. Les enjeux spécifiques de la conservation-restauration en Suisse seront discutés, ainsi que la manière dont un travail de recherche peut questionner la pratique contemporaine ou informer d’autres disciplines académiques.

Conservation of Cultural Properties: Histories and Challenges

Restoration and conservation of artworks are fascinating and sometimes raise controversy. Why keep an object? Who are the conservators? And who is taking advantage of the interventions? These questions were already raised in the second half of the 18th century in Europe and are still relevant. Thursday, May 16th, 2013 from 6 to 8pm, the University of Geneva organizes a roundtable inviting professionals and academics around the book of Noémie Etienne, The restoration of paintings in Paris (1750-1815). The book examines a critical period during which restoration had been at the heart of social and political debates. The author shows how artists, experts, philosophers and spectators are passionate about the conservation of paintings and transformation of their appearance. Specific issues in conservation and restoration in Switzerland will be discussed as well as how historical research may question contemporary practices or inform other academic disciplines.

La présentation est ouverte à toute personne intéressée et sera suivie d’un apéritif.

CFP:revue Culture et recherche : Les archives

Culture et recherche est une revue éditée par le ministère de la Culture et de la communication, largement diffusée et accessible en ligne.

Ses dossiers thématiques portent sur les relations entre politiques culturelles et recherches scientifiques avec l’ambition de rendre accessibles à un large public des thèmes et des actualités de la recherche contemporaine dans les domaines de la culture.

La revue prépare, pour 2014, un numéro thématique sur les archives, conçu avec la Direction générale des patrimoines, et dans une approche transversale.

Ce numéro souhaite dresser la cartographie complexe des rapports entre archives et recherche.

Un appel à communication est lancé autour de trois axes :

1) les archives aux sources de la recherche et de la création ;
2) les archives comme produit d’un travail scientifique ;
3) les archives, enjeu institutionnel et de société.

Les articles proposés devront être transmis au plus tard le 1er juin 2013.

Voir le texte complet de l’appel à l’adresse suivante :

Contact pour toute information complémentaire :

Seminar:Espaces industriels : formes et enjeux de la mémoire et du patrimoine

SEMINAIRE 2012 – 2013

Mémoires et usages publics du passé en Europe

Espaces industriels : formes et enjeux de la mémoire et du patrimoine


Vendredi 19 avril 2013

10h – 17h30

Salle du Conseil

13 rue de l’Université

75007 Paris


10h – 13h

Alain Chenevez (Université de Bourgogne, CRCM) : Les inégalités du patrimoine : entre formes communicationnelles et recherche de nouvelles urbanités.

Octave Debary (IIAC/LAHIC) : Exposer le temps qui passe : l’histoire d’un écomusée au Creusot.

Discutante : Fabienne Wateau (CNRS, LESC)

14h – 17h30

Jean-Louis Tornatore (IIAC/LAHIC) : D’un spectacle à l’autre. La transformation culturelle d’un haut fourneau.

Valérie Brustolin (EHESS, IRIS) : De la « verrue » au musée, itinéraire paradoxal du passé du fer en Moselle Nord.

Discutante : Evelyne Ribert (CNRS, IIAC/ Centre Edgar Morin)


Organisation et contact : Michèle Baussant (, Sarah Gensburger (, Marie-Claire Lavabre (


CFP:session “Patrimoines et patrimonialisations”, colloque e-toile Pacifique B

Veuillez en pièce jointe les informations concernant la session “Patrimoines et Patrimonialisations”, que nous organisons dans le cadre du colloque e-toile Pacifique, qui aura lieu à Paris les 3 et 4 octobre 2013.
Les propositions sont à envoyer aux deux co-organisatrices de la session (dont les mails figurent dans le document joint) avant le 30 juin 2013, en utilisant le formulaire ci-joint.
Pour plus d’informations sur le colloque et les différentes sessions:

Publication:UNESCO, Cultural Heritage, and Outstanding Universal Value

UNESCO, Cultural Heritage, and Outstanding Universal Value

Dr. Sophia Labadi
This book explores the international legal framework developed by UNESCO to identify and protect world heritage and its implementation at the national level. Drawing on close policy analysis of UNESCO’s major documents, extensive professional experience at UNESCO, as well as in-depth analyses of case studies from Asia, Europe, and Latin America, Sophia Labadi offers a nuanced discussion of the constitutive role of national understandings of a universalist framework. The discussion departs from considerations of the World Heritage Convention as Eurocentric and offers a more complex analysis of how official narratives relating to non-European and non-traditional heritage mark a subversion of a dominant and canonical European representation of heritage. It engages simultaneously with a diversity of discourses across the humanities and social sciences and with related theories pertaining not only to tangible and intangible heritage, conservation, and archaeology but also political science, social theory, tourism and development studies, economics, cultural, and gender studies. In doing so, it provides a critical review of many key concepts, including tourism, development, sustainability, intangible heritage, and authenticity.

Conference:heritage crime, illicit trade, stewardship and ethics

There will be an interdisciplinary conference on Vulnerability and Cultural Heritage: heritage crime, illicit trade, stewardship and ethics in Leicester, UK, on 9 and 10 May 2013.

It involves leading academics and professionals drawn from law, archaeology, the museum sector and the art world. The focus of the conference is upon heritage crime and the care of museum collections and heritage objects.

see attachments for more details of registration for the conference and details of speakers:


Vulnerability and Cultural Heritage 1-2

Symposium : Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage

Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage: A one-day symposium at The University of Queensland, Australia

Friday 17th May 2013

Seminar Room, Level 4

Sir James Foots Building 47A, St Lucia campus


The exhibition ‘Musical Landscapes of Lihir’, currently showing at the University of Queensland’s Anthropology Museum, addresses the relationship of mining and cultural heritage. In Lihir, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, gold mining has impacted on the local and regional economy enabling, amongst other things, increased access to consumer goods and a correspondingly increased level of kastom, feasting that pays for performance and ancestral maintenance.

In conjunction with this exhibition a one-day symposium will be held at the University of Queensland to explore scholarly approaches to the intersection between resource industries, materiality and cultural life. The symposium aims to connect with the growing concern, amongst people who experience resource industry activity in the place where they live, to strike a balance between an engagement with economic growth and development, and the maintenance of cultural identity. We seek papers that address particularly the relationship of material or immaterial (intangible) cultural heritage. Case studies from anywhere in the world are welcome.

Papers might explore or extend the following interlinked themes in the context of the minerals industry:

-The relationship between the commodification of a landscape and the transformation in patterns of consumption that mining and mining revenue may bring about.

– Changes in ideas about temporality where mining occurs. For example there may be a new anxiety about how to get into the future among people who have mines on their land

– The intersection of native title law and cultural heritage management.

– Cultural heritage and community consultation.

Proposals should be emailed to the convenors by Monday 22nd April. Please include presenter name, affiliation, title of paper/presentation, an abstract of 150 words, and any special requirements for your presentation. Papers should be delivered in 20mins and will be followed by questions/discussion.

Registration for the symposium is free.

Symposium convenors:

Dr Kirsty Gillespie –

Professor Ian Lilley –

Dr Andrew Sneddon –

Dr Diana Young –

Dr Kirsty Gillespie | Research Fellow
ResTeach Affiliate (School of Music)

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Sustainable Minerals Institute  |  The University of Queensland  |  Brisbane, QLD, 4072 AUSTRALIA
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