CALL FOR PAPERS: Materials and Time: an Anthology

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Contribution submission deadline: 31 July 2020

Scholars from a wide spectrum of research fields are exploring with the temporalities of materials, each from their own disciplinary perspective.


We invite substantial abstracts or short texts (from 500 to max. 1500 words) discussing the topic of ‘Materials and Time’ for a forthcoming transdisciplinary publication. How authors wish to interpret this topic is left open, but they should focus on a single material, however construed and should explicitly problematize the relationship between time and materials in their proposals (agency of time, role of time, etc.)


We welcome contributions from any discipline. Aspects of time to consider might include:

  • lifetimes, lifecycles, trajectories, persistence, endurance, ageing
  • depletion, peak, criticality, erosion, degradation, conservation
  • re-use, recycling, returns, inheritances
  • birthdays and anniversaries, death, decline, rebirth
  • genealogies, time travel
  • ephemerality, regimes of temporality
  • ages, epochs
  • chronomarkers, signatures, records and measurements

Authors of selected proposals will be invited to provide a full text to be included in an anthology to be published online. Depending on the international conjecture, they may also be invited to a one-day workshop in 2021. The workshop will contribute to the development of an interdisciplinary network on materials.

The deadline for submitting texts is 31 July, 2020.

Texts should be submitted at the following web address:

For more information or any queries please e-mail us at:

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne); Loïc Bertrand (Université Paris-Saclay); Michael Bycroft (University of Warwick); John Christie (Oxford University); Mat Paskins (London School of Economics); Viviane Quirke (Oxford Brookes University); Stephen Johnston (History of Science Museum, Oxford); Marie Thébaud-Sorger (Maison Française d’Oxford, CAK, CNRS); Frédéric Thibault-Starzyk (Maison Française d’Oxford, CNRS); Simon Werrett (University College London)

With the support of the SHAC & Maison Française d’Oxford