Call for Papers
Deadline: 12 March 2020
Chantal Conneller - firstname.lastname@example.org
Masks have been a significant part of human culture for around 40,000 years. Some of the earliest human representations in the world appear to be masked, and masks have continued to play a significant role in a wide range of different cultures up to the present day: from Egyptian death masks to classical theatre masks, shamanic costumes to the Guy Fawkes masks worn in contemporary protests. Often seen simply as means of disguise, ethnographic accounts reveal more profound roles, as means of transforming the human body, or as membranes into other worlds. Masks represent an intersection between material culture and the human body, and thus have the potential to challenge received views of both. Worn on the face, often fabricated in elaborate and time-consuming practices, masks are ways of defining who people are and who they are not. Tracing the production, wearing and deposition of masks offers the potential for radical new insights into unique past articulations of nature and culture and of ancient worldviews.
We invite contributions, archaeological as well as cross-disciplinary, that seek to explore the diversity of masks past or present and how we might identify and study masks in the archaeological record. Most particularly we elicit contributions that offer new insights into how masks and masking inform issues of identity, personhood and ontology.