Tracing Gestures, The Art and Archaeology of Bodily Communication

Country: United Kingdom

City: London

Abstr. due: 01.09.2014

Dates: 04.11.14 — 05.11.14

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;

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Organizers: University College London


This conference 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.   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. We also encourage papers which employ cross-disciplinary (particularly from anthropology, sociology and psychology) and/or cross-cultural approaches to gesture theories within the field of archaeology. We believe that bringing together archaeologists with other experts is not only highly desirable, but also a necessity for gaining a deeper insight into the role of bodily gestures.

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