may, 2022

24may10:00 am5:30 pmCrafting the PastConference10:00 am - 5:30 pm Rua do Cardeal Rei, 6 — 7000-645 ÉvoraEvent Type :Conference

Picture of the decapitated bust of Cecil Rhodes at Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Conference that aims to promote discussion around the thematic, epistemological, and methodological intersections of history and history of art as disciplines.

 

 

Crafting the Past: Materials, Materialities, Materialisms

 

Gestures such as the recent toppling of statues portraying slave owners or confederate soldiers in the UK and USA have ushered in public and historiographical debates about the legacies of colonialism as well the role of material culture and visuality in historical memory. Although the study of the past is always situated, not least disciplinarily, such situatedness should be open for productive intersections between history and history of art. For example, can we consider Cecil Rhodes’ statue an autonomous material manifestation without considering how its materiality is placed in history? Can we historicise artistic objects without engaging with the specific contexts of their material production or with the evolving ideological values that shaped the very conception of ‘art’? Can we talk about history as purely discursive when its material consequences are, at the same time, so palpable and so contested, particularly at a time when bodies and cultures are visibly threatened by global, social, economic, environmental, and health-related crises?

This conference aims to promote discussion around the thematic, epistemological, and methodological intersections of history and history of art as disciplines, focusing on their relationship to issues of materiality and ethics.

 

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Poster for the conference "Crafting the Past: Materials, Materialities, Materialisms". Évora, 24 May 2022, Espírito Santo College

 

Time

(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Location

University of Évora, Espírito Santo College

Rua do Cardeal Rei, 6 — 7000-645 Évora

Organizer

Institute of Contemporary History — NOVA FCSH and University of Évora, IN2PAST, and University College London

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