Things/Matter: The Object and Its Representation in Literature and Art – Graduate Symposium

Date: March 24 – 25, 2006
Venue: Houston, Texas, USA

28th Annual Rice University Graduate Symposium
Rice University

Call for Papers

In recent years, the study of material culture has become an increasingly broad area of academic interest, involving a variety of disciplines and methodologies. With this year’s Rice University Graduate Symposium, we hope to foster interdisciplinary dialogue among emerging scholars, answering such questions raised by the field as the following:

What practical and symbolic roles do objects play within their cultural contexts? How do objects gather new meaning when represented in a new medium? How do such representations of objects in literature and art influence culture in return? And how might the material forms of literary texts or works of art assert themselves?

We invite graduate students from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to English and other literatures, history, economics, art history, anthropology, and museum studies, to submit papers examining the
relationship between an object or its representation and its literary, cultural, or historical contexts. Individual and panel submissions are welcome.

Please send abstracts of 200 words or less. Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes in length.
Final copies of accepted papers should be submitted for advance circulation by March 10, 2006.

For possible topics, submissions or questions, contact Elizabeth Womack at or
Eun-Young Koh at