Expanding the Ceramic Field in the Long 19th Century

Session Convenors

Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, University of Leeds fhcmm@leeds.ac.uk

Anne Anderson, V&A Course Director and Tutor anne.anderson99@talk21.com

Rachel Gotlieb, Gardiner Museum, Toronto rachel@gardinermuseum.on.ca

Session Abstract

This session calls for papers that expand the field of ceramics in the long 19th century to explore alternative narratives within art, decorative art and design histories and material culture and thus move beyond the tradition of connoisseurship and the cycles of production and consumption. We maintain that ceramics in the 19th century had a profound and pervasive presence: a rare Kangxi vase or a Chelsea figurine, a popular blue transferware plate or a humble china cup spoke to multiple actants – collector, dealer, consumer, designer, for example – and thereby contributed to the 19th-century’s tangled and often fraught social and intellectual networks. This period also bore witness to an increase in scholarly publications relating to the cultural history of ceramics, intensified by museum exhibitions and the rising art market for these objects, and culminating in a second Chinamania.

We invite topics on all types of pottery and porcelain from all periods that touch upon 19th-century issues, including but not limited to: Chinamania, colonialism, collecting, display, domesticity, gender, identity, and transnationalism. Building upon Cavanaugh and Yonan’s seminal publication on 18th-century porcelain (2010), we ask: How did pottery and porcelain operate as agents of culture, conveying social, psychological and symbolical meanings in the 19th century?

To offer a paper
Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors, details above.

Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because it will appear online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

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