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Material Culture

Material Culture

This interdisciplinary research strand fosters debate in the field of material culture. We have distinctive strengths in innovative material culture studies for all periods from early prehistory to the present.

Exploring material culture and social inequality

We explore relations between material culture and society through readings and discussions. We take a broad approach, using technology and a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. We invite speakers who have researched material culture in innovative and heterodox ways.

The strand creates space for reviewing and discussing recent work, seeking feedback on research proposals and papers, and stimulating new projects.

The strand is open to all researchers including postgraduates – convenors are Dr Andrea Dolfini and Dr Ben Elliott.


MATCH - Materiality, Artefacts & Technologies in Culture & History

The MATCH Faculty Research Group generates, coordinates, and elevates multi-strand material culture research cutting across Schools and subjects within the HaSS Faculty and wider University. Our vision is to create an international centre of excellence for material culture research of global scope, rooted within the North-East of England but open to the world.


Every fortnight, MATCH runs a vibrant interdisciplinary Reading Group covering a wide range of material culture topics suggested by participants. For further details please contact

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    PhD students

    • Raphael Hermann
    • Andrew Marriott
    • Marco Romeo Pitone
    • Michael Smith
    • Amber Roy
    • Evan Scherer
    • Thomas Whitfield

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