Call for Papers: Paper-stuff: Materiality, Technology and Invention, University of Cambridge, Faculty of English

Call for paper

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Deadline: Friday 30 March 2018.
Location: Cambridge
Related institutions: Cambridge University
A spate of recent publications has demonstrated the urgency of getting to grips with paper, at a historical moment that feels like a turning-point in our relations with it. The main aim of Paper-stuff is to address this urgency. It aims at bringing together experts in the field, theorists of material culture and representatives of a variety of disciplines with a stake in the subject, so as to better understand paper's empire in the West. Paper-stuff wants to provide comparative perspectives as well as considers the rapidly evolving technologies available for the analysis of paper.
We encourage submissions of abstracts of 500 words for a twenty-minute paper in relation to the following topics:
● paper histories in East and West
● paper as medium of government and trade
● paper networks
● engineering paper
● imagining paper
● theorizing the substrate
● non-textual uses of paper
● cutting, pasting, tearing, pulping
● paperlessness
● technologies of paper analysis
● commodities

Please send your abstract by 30 March 2018.
For further information please contact one of the organisers at the e-mail below.
Dr Orietta Da Rold (
Dr Jason Scott-Warren ( Sponsor: The British Academy
Related keywords: material culture, paper