CFA: Technical Cultures of Repair, from Prehistory to the Present Day

June 17-18, 2019, Paris, France

This symposium proposes to examine the evolution of repair practices and cultures in the long term, in a global and comparative perspective. It intends to examine the sites of repair (factories, docks, workshops, clubs, garages, home, etc.), the figures of the repairer (the amateur and the professional) and the ways in which the functionality of objects is envisaged during repairs (repair as restoration or repair as transformation). An approach based on geographical areas should allow the identification of circulations of models and repair techniques from one region to another, and understand how such circulations impact the economy and techniques around the world. The object is at the core of our approach – its materiality, its circulations, its biography allowing to grasp the cultural contexts in which to consider repairs.

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Call for papers

Abstracts (max. 1000 characters) along with a CV should be sent to and to by 30 September 2018 at the latest. Presentations and discussion will be conducted in French or English. The symposium will lead to a publication.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Posted: August 28, 2018