Wastework: 15–17 March, Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome

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March 15, 2023 to March 17, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Intellectual History
The Lise Meitner Group 'Decay, Loss, and Conservation in Art History' is pleased to announce WASTEWORK, its biggest event of the year and the first international conference devoted to waste in the early modern workshop. From 15-17 March, historians of art, architecture, science, and the environment will gather at the Hertziana alongside local chefs, activists, and artists. Together, we will consider acts of disposal, displacement, removal, and abeyance – in short, the getting rid of unwanted things — and the consequences these carry for the study of early modern material culture, from stale bread erasers to dyehouse effluents.
The conference kicks off at 9 p.m. on 15 March with an artists' talk by DOM, in conversation with Marco Armiero, author of Wasteocene. Stories from the Global Dump (2021). For more information, paper titles, and links to join us remotely please consult our website. Evening keynotes will also be live-streamed: Vittoria Di Palma (USC) 'Use, Value, Waste' at 5.15 p.m. CET on 16 March and Simon Werrett (UCL) 'Making Use and Making Art: Thrift and Waste in the Early Modern Period' at 5.00 p.m. CET on 17 March.