This three-day summer workshop on 'Material Exchange in the Early Modern World' is funded by a Fell award, and is the fourth in what has been an annual event since 2012. It was originally conceived by Jan Hennings, formerly a Junior Research Fellow at St Johns and now a lecturer at Budapest University. The workshops are for doctoral students at an early stage in their career to gain exposure to new methodologies in the humanities. Each workshop is themed around an interdisciplinary theory. Past workshops have focused on the global turn, the history of emotions, visual culture and the problem of belief. This workshop focuses on the recent turn to materiality in the humanities.
The first day of the workshop will be devoted to conceptual discussion on the theme. All participants will read a core set of texts (Daniel Miller's Stuff and Tim Ingold's critique "matter against materiality). There will then be a session devoted to the texts on the C6th, followed by an afternoon devoted to object-handling at the Ashmolean Museum, with Jim Harris. Students write papers linking their research to the theme at hand. These are pre-circulated and workshopped over the course of the 7th and 8th.
A number of University of Oxford and UK faculty have been invited to attend sessions and lead discussion on the students papers. The participants and commentators include philosophers, art historians, sociologists, historians and those working in literature.
This workshop is fully subscribed. Please contact Hannah Murphy for more information.