[Conference] Call for paper.

‘Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures’ Conference

When: 10-14 July 2013

Where: Ironbridge, UK

Organised by: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham UK Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Call for papers 

This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of iron and steel landscapes and cultures, from the ancient to the modern. It looks toward the legacies of both production and consumption and how these metals have influenced all aspects of social life.

We wish to explore the relationships that communities, regions, nations share with iron and steel through its functional use, creative and artistic use and its symbolic use. Indicative questions the conference will address are: How are economies and societies transformed by the extraction and processing of iron? How does the environmental impact and legacy of iron and steel sites shape social and political life? How do governments and communities deal with both the expansion and decline of the iron and steel industries? What are the forms and formats of regeneration for iron and steel landscapes and communities? To what extent are global communities connected through iron and steel, economically and culturally? How have the landscapes and cultures of iron and steel found expression through various art forms? How are these landscapes managed and understood?

Send abstracts of 300 words with a clear title as soon as possible but no later than 31 January 2013.

For further information, please visit the Conference website.