[ISHMap-List] CFP "Imagined Forms: Models and Material Culture," UD-CMCS/Hagley; November 2017

Eileen Moscoso eileenmo at udel.edu
Thu Sep 8 21:58:26 CEST 2016


*“Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture”*

*November 17-18, 2017*

A symposium hosted by the

Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware,

and the Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware

Keynote Speakers:

Johanna Drucker, UCLA

Peter Galison, Harvard University

As testimony, test, or proposal, models of all sorts record, revise, and
reinvent the world.  From toy miniatures to computer simulations, modeling
is a primary means by which we make sense of and act upon our material
lives, the lives of others and the culture at large.  Everyone models: from
artists and designers to prototype machinists and engineers to children.
Models may be provisional or idealized—rehearsals of things yet to be or
representations of those that already exist—professional or slapdash,
sustained or ephemeral.  In particular, models, whether prospective or
mimetic, have long animated disciplines and discourses that center on
knowledge formation and innovation.  Models can represent existing
conventions or visionary inventions; in both cases models are scalar
constructions with the potential for affective, aesthetic, conceptual, and
technological effects. Inspired by the Hagley Museum’s extensive collection
of patent models—nearly 900 items made between 1809 and 1899—this
interdisciplinary conference [S1]
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to highlight modeling as both a fundamental human activity and an
inevitably material practice.

“Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture” inaugurates a biennial
conference series sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at
the University of Delaware. We invite submissions from all
disciplines—including art and architecture, art history, comparative
literature, digital humanities, English, history, history of science, and
media studies—that critically investigate the function and form of models,
the materials and methods of simulation and representation, questions of
scale and perception, experiment and presentation, and the limits of

Please send abstracts of max. 300 words, with a brief CV of no more than
two pages, by February 15, 2017 tomaterialculture at udel.edu.

For information see http://www.materialculture.udel.edu/.

Organized by Professors Sandy Isenstadt (Co-Director CMCS), Martin Brückner
(Co-Director CMCS), Jason Hill (Art History), and Sarah Wasserman (English).

Eileen Moscoso

Graduate Assistant to the Center for Material Culture Studies
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