materialculture

Material Culture Research Strand

The Material Culture Research Strand is an interdisciplinary group based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Its aims are to provide a focus for researchers in the field of material culture by reviewing and discussing recent work, providing feedback on its members’ research proposals and papers, and stimulating new projects. The Research Strand is open to all interested researchers at Newcastle University including staff and postgraduate students.

Through the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies, members of the strand work collaboratively on applied and commercial projects with a wide range of partners.

The strand’s convenor is Andrea Dolfini.

2014-15 Meetings

Strand theme: ‘Material culture and social inequality: Old problems, new ideas’

We are exploring the relationship between material culture and social inequality through readings, discussions, and by inviting selected speakers who have researched the problem in innovative and heterodox ways. As always, we are taking a broad approach which favours interdisciplinary, cross-period and cross-cultural research into the problem.

Thursday 23rd Oct 2014, 4pm, ARMB 1.06
Archaeology Research Seminar. Speaker: Dr Sophie Moore (Newcastle University): Objects and identities at First and Second Millennium AD Çatalhöyük

Thursday 30th Oct 2014, 4pm, ARMB 1.41 (Common Room)
Start of year meeting. Teas and coffees will be served.

Thursday 13th Nov 2014, 4pm, ARMB 1.41 (Common Room)
Material culture reading group. Reading: G. Carr. 'Coins, crests and kings: Symbols of identity and resistance in the Occupied Channel Islands', Journal of Material Culture, 17(2012), 327-44.

Thursday 4th Dec 2014, 4pm, ARMB 1.41 (Common Room)
Material culture reading group. Reading: C. Whittingham, Mnemonics for War

Thursday 15th Jan, 4pm, ARMB 1.06
Archaeology Research Seminar. Speaker: Dr Yvonne Marshall (Southampton University). Title: How Objects Endure: Pottery in Southern Taiwan as an Example

Thursday 5th Feb 2015, 4pm, ARMB 1.06
Archaeology Research Seminar. Speaker: Dr Volker Heyd (University of Bristol): The Yamnaya Impact on Prehistoric Europe

Thursday 12th Feb 2015, 4pm, ARMB 1.06
Material Culture Strand Seminar. Speaker: Mr Ralph Araque Gonzalez (University of Freiburg): Anarchy in the Bronze Age? Social Organization and Complexity in Nuragic Sardinia

Thursday 26th Feb 2015, 4pm, ARMB 1.06
Material Culture Strand Seminar. Speaker: TBC

Thursday 16th April 2015, 4pm, ARMB 1.41 (Common Room)
Material culture reading group. Reading TBC

Thursday 30th April 2015, 4pm, ARMB 1.06
Archaeology Research Seminar. Speaker: Prof Tobias Kienlin (Cologne University): title TBC

Thursday 6th May 2015, 4pm, ARMB 1.41 (Common Room)
End of year meeting. Teas and coffees will be served.

Past Meetings