Department of Anthropology


Wed, April 9, 2014 | The Julius Glickman Conference Center

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Ex-Situ. A symposium exploring site-specificity, travel, and experiments in writing and other mediations.

The idea of ex-situ in the context of which we're discussing seems to have the potential to move on a different register. It acknowledges this very common situation we find oursevles in as mobile bodies in this world: from Paris to Kyzyl to Marfa to Edmonton. Ex-situ doesn't raise a hierarchy but through travel and dsiplacement, perhaps, it find appeal in site specificity, in the terriot of knowledge and ideas; "here" might take us "there" or "everywhere." This appeal may find itself manifest, for example, in Alec Soth's Paris/Minnesota magazine in which his feelings of subjective discomfort and dislocation in Paris's fashion shows provoke homesickness, enabling him to find connections in everyday Minnesota, eg. photographing JC Pennys to mirror those that he captures of Grand Palais. Taking account of resonance and echo, the situatedness of place/sit encompasses these connecting experiences. Ex-situ plays upon those connections, contingencies, convergences, layers - material, emotional and mnemonic.

Please join us for a series of presentations by an international group including cultural theorists and historians, and others.

A public event organized by Yoke-Sum Wong & Craig Campbell

Participants include: Allen Shelton, Lesley Stern, Kathleen Stewart, Derek Sayer, Randolph Lewis, Andrew Xanthopoulos, Endre Dányi, Kimberly Mair, Lindsey Freeman, Ann Cvetkovich, Heather Hindman.

We gratefully acknowledge support from University of Texas at Austin (Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Intermedia Workshop), Lancaster University’s Department of History, Journal of Historical Sociology, and the Marfa Book Co.

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