"Things Left Behind: Material Culture, Disaster, and the Human Experience," AHA Graduate Student Symposium

Friday, March 9, 2018 9:00am

University of Missouri

Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association Symposium

“Things Left Behind: Material Culture, Disaster, and the Human Experience"

Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, 2018

Keynote Lecture: Dr. Steven L. Tuck, Professor of Classics at Miami University

The Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association at the University of Missouri-Columbia invites submissions from graduate students that investigate topics that research the material culture of disaster and abandonment and discuss how such topics inform the human experience.  

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Disasters of personal, man-made, or natural character
  • War and conflict
  • Forced migrations
  • Plague, illness, and other pandemics
  • Abandonment
  • Recovery and revitalization

We are seeking papers that explore various approaches to these topics, such as representations of disasters, artists influenced by war and disaster, art or crafts produced by displaced populations, the archaeological record of destruction and rebuilding, or archaeologically based narratives of disasters.

Topics from any historical period of Art History, Archaeology, Classics, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Religious Studies, and other fields related to visual and material culture will be considered for twenty-minute presentations. The keynote lecture will take place on Friday evening, March 9, and student presentations will be held on Saturday, March 10.


Proposals should consist of a 250-500 word abstract and a CV. Please submit proposals electronically to mu.ahagrads@gmail.com no later than January 20, 2018. Please feel free to circulate this CFP with any related departments at your institution.


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