Conferences – Call for Papers

GSA 2018 Seminar: Material Culture and the Sacred

The organizers Alice Goff (University of Chicago) and Peter Erickson (Colorado State University) invite applications for participation in the seminar Material Culture and the Sacred at the 2018 GSA in Pittsburgh, PA. Deadline is January, 26th.

  • Date: 27.09.2018 – 30.09.2018
  • Institution: GSA
  • Location: Pittsburgh / Deutschland
  • Documents to: https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa

The organizers invite applications for participation in the seminar Material Culture and the Sacred at the 2018 GSA in Pittsburgh, PA.

This seminar draws from recent work on materiality and material culture across the humanities to examine the role of the sacred in German history, culture, and aesthetics. In light of a romantic tradition that has often set these two domains (sacredness/materiality) in opposition to one another, the seminar takes up two primary lines of inquiry. The first is devoted to subverting this paradigm by investigating the entanglements between the material and the sacred through themes such as: iconoclasm and religious violence; devotional practices and sacramentality; the problematic (and often obtrusive) materiality of works of art; and practices of mourning and memorialization. At the same time, the organizers strive to make sense of the ways in which this opposition emerged historically and to trace its intellectual development. They are especially interested in contributions that explore the interactions of the sacred and material culture as they relate to discourses of secularization, gender, and aesthetics.

Seminar Format:

The GSA hopes to bring together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines. Discussion will center on pre-circulated papers of 4-5 pages.

If you wish to participate in a seminar, please visit the GSA website and apply electronically at
https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa. You must be a 2018 member of the GSA to apply. Applicants will be asked to provide a 300-500-word abstract of what they hope to contribute to the seminar and a short curriculum vitae (CV).

Applications for seminar enrollment are due by 26 January 2018. The conveners of the seminars will make their determination of the membership of their seminars by 2 February.

Additional links:

https://www.thegsa.org/

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