Colloquium: 'Shapes of Time: Recurrence in Material Culture'

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Call for Papers
October 16, 2017
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies


Time is a fundamental dimension of human activity and experience. Yet the ways in which time is perceived, measured, symbolized, and remembered vary markedly across cultures, historical periods, and forms of human activity. This one-day colloquium engages this vast subject by attending to the ways in which, at specific moments and in specific contexts, makers of material culture have attempted to model concepts of time, and to use forms of recurrence to bring the past to bear upon the present. How do different forms of material culture and creative activity shape time in different ways? On what models of temporality do contemporary debates concerning heritage and belonging depend? What are the intersections between the ways in which temporality is figured in different disciplines?

This colloquium aims to be interdisciplinary, embracing and exploring diverse expressions of the concept of time in various forms of material culture. Papers are invited from all periods across the disciplines of:

history of art and architecture


museum studies

cultural heritage studies




Keynote speaker: Professor Keith Moxey


Presentations of papers will be 20 minutes in length with additional 10 minutes for questions. The colloquium is free to attend; unfortunately, there is no funding assigned to cover travel costs.

Proposals for papers should include an abstract of 250 words, the name and affiliation of the speaker and should be submitted by 30th July.

Contact Info: 

The colloquium will be held in the Department of Art History and World Art Studies, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich (NR4 7TJ).

Proposals and queries will be gratefully received by Anastasia Moskvina ( and Sarah Cassell ( The deadline for proposals is 30th July.

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