Past and Present Conference 2007, Sheffield

Mike Braddick in the Sheffield History Dept. has asked me to post this on his behalf.  If you’re working on any aspect of non-verbal communication, it might be worth your while to participate, especially if you’re interested in the political dimensions of such communications.  For info, please contact Mike at the addresses provided below.–DM

The politics of gesture: historical perspectives

This conference brings together a distinguished group of speakers, whose
research interests range in time from early medieval to contemporary history,
and in space across East and South Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Together, their papers approach gesture (as opposed to ritual) with a
particular focus on who is communicating what (and with what success), in order
to gain access to a wide range of politics—within the home, between generations
and status groups, or between ethnic groups—and to politics in routine
situations. We hope in this conference to open up discussion of the politics of
gesture, adding a more explicitly political dimension to cultural histories of
gesture while broadening to the range of politics which have been addressed
through studies of ritual.

for further details see
http://www.shef.ac.uk/history/research/conferences/gesture.html

The deadline for registration is 31 August

Mike Braddick
Department of History
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN
Tel: 0114 222 2561
Fax: 0114 278 8304

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