CFP: Chinese objects and their lives (Paris, 15 Jun 18)

Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Inalco
Paris

Deadline: Feb 23, 2018

International workshop organised by the French Association of Chinese Studies (AFEC)

Chinese objects and their lives

Over the last twenty years, material culture studies have occupied a growing place in the social sciences. These studies are founded on the idea that objects—natural, technical or artistic—can be considered documents for the writing of history, or even as actors in the social sphere, where they are capable of conditioning or transforming human behaviour. Therefore, special attention has been given to the social, economic and material conditions of their production and diffusion, their history and uses, and more broadly to their “biographies” or “social lives” in order to account for their ability to take on different roles in different periods. The relationships that people build with objects that surround them, are created by them, or used and exchanged by them, have been an integral part of the issues confronting historians studying material culture since, at least, the 1960s. Continue reading “CFP: Chinese objects and their lives (Paris, 15 Jun 18)”