The 9th Annual Conference on 19th-century Research

Call for Papers for Researchers and Research Groups

Material Culture and Materiality of Culture in the Long 19th Century

January 26th and 27th 2017

Jyväskylä, Finland

 

Keynote speakers:

  • Vesa-Pekka Herva (Professor, University of Oulu)
  • Johanna Ilmakunnas (Professor, University of Turku)
  • Mikkel Venborg Pedersen (PhD, Curator and senior researcher, National Museum of Denmark)
  • Annika Waenerberg (Professor, University of Jyväskylä)

 

We invite researchers and research groups interested in views and topics on and around material culture and materiality of culture to attend the 9th Annual Conference on 19th-century Research.  Materiality has recently become an important issue in cultural, social and historical studies. Even though the 19th century is regarded as an essential period concerning material culture, the research in the field has been sparse.

The long 19th century witnessed numerous turns and changes concerning mobility, ideas and ideologies, politics, economy and culture.  Handicrafts gradually gave way to mass production, and improved transportation and other infrastructure enabled easier mobility for individuals, ideas and products; trade began to diverge and consumption changed. The supply of goods increased and diversified; we could even claim that consumer culture was born during the 19th century. Of course, wider societal changes underlie this development in living standards and material environment, ideologies and world views.

The aim of the conference is to open up concepts of material culture and materiality of culture from viewpoints of various disciplines. We invite individual presentations as well as whole sessions dealing with manifestations of material culture and materiality of culture. Such themes might include:

  • Material culture
  • Materiality of culture
  • Aspects of cultural objecthood, cultural artefacts
  • Materiality, values and attitudes
  • New influences and changes in world views
  • Innovations and mobility
  • Art, science and (mental) images
  • Consumption and consumer culture
  • Material standards of living
  • Other topics presented in this call for papers, or otherwise related to the theme

 

Researchers wishing to give a presentation in the conference are kindly asked to send a half-page abstract. Those wishing to run an entire session are asked to send a short description of the idea, the names of the speakers and (possibly) the name of the chairperson, the titles of the presentations, as well as (possibly) short descriptions of the individual presentations. These 20-minute presentations can be given in Finnish, Swedish or English. All abstracts should contain information such as name, field, affiliation and contact information.

 

The deadline for the abstracts is 20 October 2016.  Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to 1800luku.vuosikonferenssi@gmail.com.

Conference information is available on the website of the Network on 19t- Century Research: http://www.finlit.fi/tutkimus/1800/index1800.htm.

The conference is arranged by the Network on 19th-century Research in co-operation with the Finnish Literature Society.

 

Organizers:

Piia Einonen, adjunct professor, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Olli Heikkinen, PhD, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts (Helsinki)

Juha Laakkonen, MA, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Helena Lonkila, PhD, Department of Arts and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Arja Turunen, PhD, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Merja Uotila, PhD, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Annika Waenerberg, Professor PhD, Department of Arts and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä