Key thinkers and ideas in Material Culture studies series

In the spring of 2018, Prof dr Wayne Modest explored, together with three international guests, some of the key thinkers and ideas that have shaped the increasingly popular field of material culture studies.

07/04/2018 | 2:57 PM

Since the 1970s, material culture studies has developed as a robust interdisciplinary field of enquiry, dedicated to the exploration of the meaning of things and their role in constituting our social and cultural worlds. Over three lectures, the series introduced the main theoretical and methodological perspectives within the field, highlighting how material culture studies has influenced approaches to issues as diverse as power, consumption, taste and style.

The first lecture of the series by Dr. Dan Hicks introduced some of the key moments in the development of material and visual culture studies, especially in relation to the museum.

In the second lecture by Dr. Fabio Gygi, material culture studies was explored in relation to the study of consumption and hoarding. The guest lecture focused on the things that are hoarded and the relationships that they have with hoarders and that hoarders have with them.

The third and final lecture by Dr. Haidy Geismar focused on questions of the digital within material culture studies. Dr. Geismar explored the emergence of digital anthropology as a field of study and its relevance to contemporary theorizations of material culture and materiality more generally.