CFP: Context and Meaning XV: Sensing Matter(s)

The Graduate Visual Culture Association of Queen’s University presents CONTEXT AND MEANING XV

Formal museum etiquette and the discipline of art history have long instilled in their audiences a compulsion to look but not touch. How might we as historians and theorists revaluate the way in which we examine art in order to move beyond solely a consideration of the visual? Can methodologies be bolstered or problematized when we address and approach art with varying sensory engagements beyond the visual? How can works of art stimulate the senses, and how have the senses influenced the creation and interpretation of historical or contemporary objects? What can the museum experience tell us about curatorial and display techniques that move beyond the visual to create narratives and illuminate histories of objects and experiences? More recently, the realm of the digital humanities and emerging technology has facilitated the re-creation of art objects and architectural settings in virtual environments. What effects might this emerging virtual frontier have on how historians understand three-dimensional objects without their tactile qualities, and the phenomenological impact of inserting ourselves into these virtual worlds?

We are pleased to announce the fifteenth annual Context & Meaning Graduate Student Conference, taking place at Queen’s University on Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th, 2016. We are seeking papers that address this year’s theme, “Sensing Matter(s),” with the aim of critically examining and challenging the dominance of visuality in visual culture. To that end we invite graduate students to submit proposals for papers that address the engagement of haptic, sensory, or phenomenological experience in the treatment or analysis of visual and material culture. We are interested in exploring this theme in a variety of contexts and strongly encourage interdisciplinary approaches and related fields that may move beyond the purely visual (i.e. performative art pieces). Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
– Depictions of the five senses in art – music, movement, food, and so on
– Material and object-centered approaches: tactility and the haptic
– New museological and curatorial approaches beyond the hanging frame
– Installation and performance art
– Phenomenology and synaesthesia – the body as sensory apparatus
– Technical art history and conservation practices
– Virtuality and the digital humanities
– Extrasensory experiences of artists and artworks (e.g. miraculous objects)

This conference is open to both historical and contemporary topics, and may relate to things considered “fine art” as well as those encountered everyday. Submissions are welcome from current graduate students, as well as those who have completed their graduate studies within the last year, from across Canada and the United States conducting research in all disciplines that engage with visual and material culture. In light of our theme, we seek to assemble a diverse group of scholars in order to foster interdisciplinary discussions. Each presenter will be allotted twenty minutes to deliver her or his papers, followed by a ten- minute discussion period.

If you are interested in speaking or performing at Context and Meaning XIV, please email an abstract of no more than 300 words with the title of the paper, along with a separate document that includes a brief letter of introduction, to Abstracts should be submitted by Friday, November 6, 2015. As a blind panel will review all submissions, please ensure that your name and the title of your paper are included in your letter of introduction, but that your name and other identifying marks are left off the abstract.

We thank all that apply and will only contact those who have been accepted. Accepted applications will be notified by December 5th, 2015.

Deadline for submission: November 6, 2015

If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact us at

Graduate Student Conference Committee
Graduate Visual Culture Association
Department of Art, Ontario Hall
Queen’s University!
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6! Canada

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CFP: ARC 31.2 Landscapes and People

Archaeological Review from Cambridge Vol. 31.2
November 2016: Landscapes & People

Landscapes are dynamic, meaningful, socially constructed understandings of space, which incorporate elements of the physical world with human perception. In recent years, archaeology has seen an expansion of landscape-oriented research, though many of these projects use different types of evidence and methods. ARC 31.2 seeks to examine new advances in landscape studies within archaeology, and re-evaluate how landscapes are approached and employed in the discipline.

Archaeologists have attempted to reconstruct ancient cultural landscapes using a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches ranging from geomorphological models to phenomenological investigations. A significant complication to both of these approaches, however, is a fundamental incompatibility between contemporary understandings of landscape and the targeted ancient landscapes they seek. How archaeologists construct and make use of evidence – from digital elevation models to the sensorium – have profound impact on the archaeological landscapes they bring to life.

Volume 31.2 of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge seeks to bring together a variety of archaeological approaches to the study of people in past landscapes. We invite submissions from researchers working in any regional or chronological context involved in archaeologies of landscape, geomorphology, palaeoenvironment, spatial relationships and human senses. We especially welcome work that addresses the human element of past landscapes and seeks to marry archaeological science with humanist interpretation. Several potential themes relevant to this volume include, but are not limited to:
• Theories of space, place and landscape
• The production and use of evidence of human perception in the past
• Applications of archaeological science to humanist interpretations of the past
• Human-environmental interaction and its significance to ‘landscape’
• New methods and technologies in landscape reconstruction
• Critiques or appraisals of change within the discipline of ‘landscape archaeology’.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words describing your potential paper should be sent to Ian Ostericher ( by the 15th of November 2015. First drafts of papers (of no more than 4000 words) will be due in early March 2016 for November 2016 publication.

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CFP: CHRONIKA Volume 6, Spring 2016

Chronika is an interdisciplinary, open access journal for graduate students studying the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world. Chronika, like its parent organization the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (, encourages interdisciplinary dialogues and innovative approaches to the study of the past.

Call for Submissions
Chronika welcomes submissions from graduate students that address topics relevant to European and Mediterranean archaeology. Articles must be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length, should detail research at or above the Masters level, and may include up to ten images. To have your article considered for this year’s publication, please submit a 100 to 200 word abstract to by Friday, October 23, 2015. You will be notified if your article is selected by November 1. The publication schedule will proceed as follows:

December 15    First draft of full article is due.
January 21    Article is returned to author with comments.
February 21    Revised article is due.
April 2             Chronika launches in print and online.
A hard copy is mailed to each author shortly after this time.

Thank you for your interest in Chronika, and we look forward to receiving your submission. Please direct any inquiries to


Please visit Chronika on the web at

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CFP: 6th Annual UCLA Interdisciplinary Archaeology Graduate Research Conference


February 5-6, 2016: University of California, Los Angeles
Keynote Address by Michelle Hegmon (Arizona State University)

For the 6th Annual UCLA Interdisciplinary Archaeology Research Conference, we invite students to explore the complexity of identity and personhood of past individuals, groups, and communities. Identities can be expressed in a variety of ways, including through foodways, architecture, body modification, and differential use of space, and because there is often a material correlate to expressions of identity, archaeology provides a unique opportunity to investigate the identities of past peoples and to contribute to a recursive dialogue on the meaning of identity, past and present.

Changing conceptions of identity in the modern world—exemplified in popular media by figures like Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal—inform academic debates about the factors that contribute to the construction of identity in the past, rendering necessary frequent return to the theme for critical analysis. Topics for presentation include, but are not limited to:

  • The differences between lived experiences of individuals in a community;
  • The role of gender/age/disability/etc. in the perpetuation of social, economic, and familial structures;
  • The relationship between community and ethnicity;
  • Diachronic changes in identity conceptions; and
  • Signaling social differentiation within and between communities.
Students from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts, but preference will be given to those students who engage with the material record directly or present a relevant theoretical framework. Please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) for a 20-minute presentation, and a current CV to no later than November 1, 2015.
Hosted by the Graduate Student Association of Archaeology at UCLA

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Fieldwork Opportunity: Kom Al-Ahmer and Kom Wasit


Season 2016: April 20th -May 19th and May 20th -June 15th
Kom al-
Ahmer, Beheira, Nile Delta, Egypt

The archaeological sites of Kom al-Ahmer and Kow Wasit are located in the Western Delta of Egypt, 50 km southeast of Alexandria, in the province of Beheira. In ancient times, this region was known as the Metelite nome and played a pivotal role on the trade routes that went through Alexandria and the Mediterranean Sea. The project includes work in two sites pertaining to the late Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods – two settlements inter-connected by their history. Kom Wasit was the administrative centre of the region during the late Pharaonic period until the early Roman period, when its inhabitants moved to the nearby settlement of Kom al-Ahmer. This became one of the wealthiest cities of the Metelite nome – perhaps its capital. Meterlis is the last nome capital yet to be located. Our mission is the first in 70 years to start a comprehensive study of these two sites. Archaeologists and Egyptologists are invited to join the team and share the search for the capital. Work will consist of: excavation, survey, conservation, and the study of material culture. Every participant will be assigned to an excavation unit and will be involved in all of the activities relevant to the dig: excavation – recording materials – onsite field documentation – photography – survey – cataloging of materials – cleaning and analysis of materials – report and date management.

For more information, please contact the mission directly (see information below). Those interested in participating must contact us before August 15th, 2015.

Coordinated by: il Centro Archeologico Italo-Egiziano, joint mission with the Universita di Padova.

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