University of Rochester

VCS Graduate Conference


University of Rochester

An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the
Graduate Program in
Visual and Cultural Studies

Rochester, New York



The University of Rochester Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies invites you to

A Matter of Time: Temporalities of Material Culture

An interdisciplinary graduate studies conference in Rochester, NY
April 5-6, 2013 — Free and open to the public

As cultural critics have noted over the past thirty years, we seem to be living in an age of dematerialization. Increased information transfer speed, the disintegration of boundaries between private and public, and the commercialization of image networks have provoked anxiety regarding the control of objects and images. Yet, taking a critical stance toward the temporal thrust of this thinking—its teleology, its faith in progress—we seek to historicize this anxiety as merely another renegotiation in a continually evolving relation of time and matter. Has our relationship to material objects ever been fixed?

Events include:

    * Keynote address by Dr. Ivan Gaskell , professor of cultural history and museum studies at Bard Graduate Center
    * Panel on current trends in media preservation by students of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation
    * Presentations by graduate students of literature, visual studies, art history, and cultural studies at universities in the United States, Canada, Poland, and Colombia

The evening of Friday, April 5 will conclude with a reception and 16mm film screening. Breakfast and lunch will be served on Saturday, April 6.

Please visit our conference website for a schedule of events, paper abstracts, and information about our keynote speaker: . RSVP to our Facebook event for more updates:

Sponsors: The Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies; Deans' Office, College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; the Departments of Anthropology, Art and Art History?, Film and Media Studies, and Modern Languages and Cultures; Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies; the Graduate Organizing Group



Previous conference proceedings have been published in (In)Visible Culture.

  • Previous Conferences:
  • April 6-7, 2007—Archive of the Future/Future of the Archive
  • April 8-9, 2005—Public Displays of Affection
  • April 4-5, 2003—Casting Doubt
  • March 17-18, 2001—Theory and Practice
  • March 26-27, 1999—Subjects of Culture
  • March 27-28, 1998—Interrogating Subcultures
  • April 7-8, 1995—Mining the Field/Filling the Blanks: Cultural Studies and the New Art Histories
  • April 1st-3rd, 2011- “Making Sense of Visual Culture”