Call for Paper: CRESC 5th Annual Conference 2009 Objects – What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change 1-4 September 2009, University of Manchester

The fifth annual conference of CRESC will tackle Objects – What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change. As contemporary social theorists continue to signal the need to reconfigure our deliberations on the social through attention to practice, to object-mediated relations, to non-human agency and to the affective dimensions of human sociality, this conference takes as its focus the objects and values which find themselves at centre stage. And we ask, in the context of nearly two decades of diverse disciplinary approaches to these issues, what matters about objects? How are they inflecting our understandings of technology, of expertise, and of social change? How has a focus on objects reconfigured our understandings of how values inflect the ways in which people make relations, create social worlds, and construct conceptual categories? How have objects become integral to human enthusiasms and energies, to transformational ambition, or to the transmission of values across time and space? How do objects move between ordinary and extraordinary states, shade in and out of significance, manifest instability and uncertainty? How do moral and material values attach to objects as they move in space and time? What dimensions do they inhabit and/or reveal? To address these questions we welcome papers on the following themes:

The transformational work of everyday objects Object-centered learning Materiality, Stability and the State Radical Archives — within and beyond textual assemblages Conceptual Objects and Methods as Objects Immaterial Objects — haunting, virtuality, traces. Financial Objects Affective Objects Ephemera, Enthusiasm and Excess Spiritual and/or Moral Objects Controversial and Messy Objects Please submit either (a) proposal for individual papers, or (b) panel proposal including 3 papers by the end of February 2009. Guidelines and Proposal Forms are available here and should be sent to:

CRESC Conference Administration 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL Tel: +44(0)161 275 8985 / Fax: +44(0)161 275 8985

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