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Tracing Gestures: The Art and Archaeology of Bodily Communication

8 August 2014

Tracing Gestures: The Art and Archaeology of Bodily Communication

A call for papers for a conference entitled 'Tracing Gestures: The Art and Archaeology of Bodily Communication' is announced with a deadline of 1 September 2014.

The conference, which will take place at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 4 & 5 November 2014, will explore the material and pictorial traces of gestures and bodily communication in the past, and how these can and are reconstructed from the archaeological record through media such as art, artefacts, texts, architecture and the treatment of the body.

The aim of this conference is to stimulate an exchange of ideas on the subject of gestures and bodily communication amongst different research areas in archaeology and related disciplines, and to promote consideration of the methods and frameworks used to analyse and interpret the importance and purpose that gestures played in past societies.

Call for papers

Topics for a 20-minute paper may include, but are not restricted to, considerations of gestures in art, interactions between gestural representations and audiences, physical traces of bodily techniques in material culture, and residues of gestural performance in architecture. Papers are also encouraged which employ cross-disciplinary (particularly from anthropology, sociology and psychology) and/or cross-cultural approaches to gesture theories within the field of archaeology.

  • Applicants are requested to submit an abstract of up to 250 words with their name, title and academic affiliation to gestureioa@gmail.com by Monday 1 September 2014.

The conference proceedings will be published and therefore submissions are encouraged from contributors who will be able to submit a paper for publication.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to conference organisers, Amy Maitland Gardner (UCL), Steven Matthews (University of Groningen) and Carl Walsh (UCL) at gestureioa@gmail.com.