Body-related, history of science & museum studies upcoming conferences

the body

1.Face in Trouble: From Physiognomics to Facebook. International Conference in Humanities. Cracow, 26-28th March 2015.

Face in Trouble seeks to examine those philosophical tendencies which problematize face transparency and try to resist the Levinas’s ethical turn….The conference will bring together a wide range of specialists of manifold disciplines. It will attempt to present multiple interpretations of face, both in metaphorical and material meanings. Deleuzian view as well as de Man’s description of defacement in autobiography can provide starting points for further critical debate on all the recognitions and misrecognitions that constitute the universal concept of face.”

history of science

2.  The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) 2015 Postgraduate Conference, UCL. London, 7-9 January 2015.

“We are an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science’s history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy. As the next host of the BSHS PG Conference, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the plurality in history of science and science and technology studies by welcoming abstracts from all courses of science, technology and medicine studies with an interest in history.”

history of collections & museum studies

3. Knowing Things. Circulations and Transitions of Objects in Natural History. International Conference at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany  March 23rd – 24th, 2015.

“With this call for papers we invite researchers and young scholars from different fields – including, but not limited to, the history and theory of collections, museum studies, cultural history, art history and aesthetics – to present exemplary moments of transition in the history of natural specimens and to explore the impact of spatial and disciplinary mobility on the history and theory of natural history objects.  The goal of this conference is to contribute to the history and theory of these Wissensdinge (Objects of Knowledge) by reconstructing historical transitions and threshold areas within their institutional contexts, the collection and the museum. Can we identify different phases in the mobility of things of knowledge?  How do various spaces of knowledge, such as the laboratory, the collection and the exhibition, influence the ways of handling natural history objects? How do meanings attributed to these objects vary in different contexts? Rather than constructing a “biography” oriented towards the life cycle of the object, should we not instead be telling a history of fractures and shifts? Finally, to what extent does an expanded, multidisciplinary approach impact the use, meaning and presentation of Wissensdinge?”


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