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)”

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)

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)”

New Book out now: Markt und Macht. Der Kunsthandel im »Dritten Reich«

Markt und Macht. Der Kunsthandel im »Dritten Reich«

Ed. Fleckner, Uwe; Gaehtgens, Thomas W. and Huemer, Christian
Series: Schriften der Forschungsstelle “Entartete Kunst” 12
xvi, 434 pages
Language: German, English

Buy the book here – Markt und Macht

Die Geschichte des Kunsthandels im “Dritten Reich” zu schreiben, steht nicht nur aufgrund einer schwierigen Quellenlage vor besonderen Herausforderungen. Zwischen Komplizenschaft und Sabotage verstrickt sich das Handeln der Akteure in eklatante Widersprüche. Vom Alltagsgeschäft der Kunsthändler bis zum Widerstand gegen restriktive Vorschriften reicht das Themenspektrum, vom Auktionshandel bis zum Schwarz- und Schattenmarkt, von zahllosen Verbrechen nicht nur an jüdischen Sammlern und Händlern bis zum Kunstraub in den von deutschen Truppen besetzten Ländern. Kunst- und Wirtschaftshistoriker untersuchen in diesem Buch den Kunstmarkt und seine Mechanismen im Nationalsozialismus, die Rolle der Raubkunst sowie insbesondere moderner und “entarteter” Werke auf dem Kunstmarkt im “Dritten Reich”.