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CFP: Object Emotions, Revisited (Yale, 20-21 February 2015)

Call for Papers:
Object Emotions, Revisited: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Yale University, New Haven, CT, February 20-21, 2015
Deadline: 15 November 2015

Keynote speaker: Spyros Papapetros (Princeton U)

Organizing Committee: Padma Maitland (UC Berkeley); Christopher P. Miller (UC Berkeley); Marta Figlerowicz (Yale U); Ksenia Sidorenko (Yale U); Emma Natalya Stein (Yale U)

reims“Object Emotions” continues a critical dialogue about new directions in humanities research and theory that began at UC Berkeley in 2013. This conference is inspired by the recent heightened attention to objects and emotions as new points of entry into history, literature, art, architecture, area studies, and the social sciences. We aim to foster interdisciplinary reflections about the critical uses of thing theory, affect theory, the histories of emotions, and new materialism. We also want to study how these discourses might benefit from being set in conversation with each other.

Last year, these questions inspired papers on, among many other topics, forms of animism in fourteenth-century England, the role of tiles in Taiwanese architecture, representations of churches in Willa Cather, oral accounts of labor in factories in India, and the songs of Kylie Minogue. This coming conference seeks to be similarly diverse and experimental in the kinds of approaches it brings together. By exploring emotions and objects in conjunction with each other we hope to bring out the shared stakes of these scopes of critical inquiry, as well as the divergences among the ways feelings and things are studied in particular disciplines.

Questions we want to ask include, but are not limited to, the following: How is the task of describing emotions within the context of a poem different from describing them within the context of a painting or a temple? How do the current fields of affect theory, thing theory, and the history of emotions participate in the much longer history of debates about the subjective and the objective? How do emotions and the bodies experiencing them relate to each other? Are there cultural differences in the way objects and emotions are defined and assessed? What does it mean to attribute feelings to an inanimate object, or even to describe this object as the cause or inspiration of a feeling? Do feelings have an animating force? How does the critical framing of scale—the microscopic, the individual, the human, the social, the global—change the way we pursue questions about objects and emotions?

The conference will take place at Yale on February 20th and 21st, 2015. Participants will include both graduate students and faculty members. We welcome papers that address any of the questions described above, or related ones, with reference to the bodies of theory shared across disciplines or to individual works of literature, art, or architecture. Please submit 250-word abstracts to Padma Maitland at padmamaitland@berkeley.edu by November 15, 2014.

Job: Assistant Curator, New Haven

photoThe Assistant Curator will report to the Associate Director of Exhibitions and Publications and assist with Centre’s exhibition program, with particular focus on managing exhibition logistics. They will Curate and organize both in-house exhibitions and those originating in partnership with other institutions, usually in association with one of the Centre’s Collection Curators. The Assistant Curator will assist with planning and implementation of publications and Conduct original research for and assist in cataloguing the Centre’s collection. They will also Conduct and publish independent research and may teach or lecture.

Deadline May 15, 2014


ICMA lecture: Professor Robert Nelson

749cb3794d5209fa75b9e5f63ce223dfICMA at the Courtauld Lecture 2013/14
Series made possible through the generosity of Dr. William M. Voelkle

Wednesday 19 February 2014
5.30pm, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Professor Robert Nelson (Robert Lehman Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University): Patriarchal Lectionaries of Constantinople

The Greek Gospel lectionary, containing those passages
read during the liturgy and arranged according to the church
calendar, has long been of interest to art historians. Earlier
attempts to study it did not produce lasting results until the
basic text of these manuscripts began to be explored. That
research has gathered momentum in recent years, thanks
especially to the work of Professor John Lowden, and has
coalesced around the concept of the Patriarchal lectionary,
created for the use of Hagia Sophia during the eleventh
century. This lecture will look further into history of that
lectionary before, during, and after this period.

Robert Nelson studies and teaches medieval art, mainly in
the Eastern Mediterranean. He was the co-curator of Holy
Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai at the J. Paul
Getty Museum in 2006-2007. His book, Hagia Sophia, 1850-
1950, 2004, asks how the cathedral of Constantinople, once
ignored or despised, came to be regarded as one of the great
monuments of world architecture. Current projects involve
the history of the Greek lectionary, illuminated Greek
manuscripts in Byzantium and their reception in Renaissance
Italy, and the collecting of Byzantine art in twentieth-century
Europe and America. The last involves the publication of the
letters between Royall Tyler and Robert and Mildred Bliss,
the founders of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., which
has just begun to be published online.