CFP: Storing, Transporting, Cataloguing (Stuttgart, 8-10 November, 2018)

Storing, Transporting, Cataloguing – Objects and Their Organisation in the Early Modern Era. 3rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Material Culture and Consumption Studies

Dr. Mona Garloff (Stuttgart)/ Dr. Natalie Krentz (Erlangen-Nürnberg)/ Elke Valentin M.A. (Stuttgart)/ Society for Material Culture and Consumption Studies

Stuttgart, 8-10 November 2018

With a focus on storing, transporting and cataloguing of material objects, the third annual conference of the Society for Material Culture and Consumption Studies aims to explore the relationship between objects and their organisation in the early modern world. We usually encounter objects in a certain system of classification. Only within this context, objects acquire meaning and become material assets of culture. Based on this general assumption from Cultural Studies, we will divide our conference into three sections: These will examine the storage, transport and the importance of inventories and lists as sources for Studies in Material Culture.

Topic 1: Storage – Objects in Their Context

Material assets of culture are already tied into a certain cultural order. This is true for their everyday use in the household or if they are offered for sale. It also applies, however, for specific systems used in museums, libraries, archives, cabinets of curiosities or natural history collections. Descriptions or images make these systems of classification tangible, and enable us to draw conclusions about the practical use of these objects, but also about practical demands on them and their intended use, as well as on social criteria of categorisation in general. Continue reading “CFP: Storing, Transporting, Cataloguing (Stuttgart, 8-10 November, 2018)”