Although the conference itself has now concluded, the dialog has not! You can listen to audio podcasts of sixteen of the conference talks and keynotes, and there are plans for a future publication. Stay tuned either by following the blog or the conference Twitter account @Objects2015. There are two Storify records of the conference tweets – an edited version from CRASSH and a record of all 450 tweets with the #objects2015 hashtag.
“Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition” is an international interdisciplinary conference taking place at CRASSH at the University of Cambridge on June 18-20, 2015. It brings together scholars, curators and artists from around the world to dialogue about material objects in transition – cultural, temporal and geographical.
All material objects are produced within specific contexts – whether they are ancient Greek tombstones, century-old Inuit clothing, or modern video games. How are differences in use and meaning negotiated when these objects transition into other contexts? What continuities remain, and what is reinterpreted and refashioned? How does this affect the meanings and knowledge embodied in, or found with, such objects?
The subjects discussed will range in time from antiquity to the present day, and in geography across different continents. The individual disciplines encompassed include history, history of science and medicine, anthropology, social anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, art and performance, history of art, geography, digital humanities, museums, and cultural heritage.
This breadth of speakers and topics will facilitate a fruitful exploration of material culture dynamics which are central to the human experience even in an era of multinational corporations, global communication, and increasing standardization. It will also foster discussion of the different disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to studying and communicating about these themes.
24 session speakers are joined by three keynotes:
- Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge
- Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
- Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum
There will also be a showing of a documentary film produced by the University of Foggia, a film installation by artist/anthropologist Jade Gibson, visual art by Jane Watt and ceramic arts by Chris McHugh, and Jane’s mobile art studio onsite for the first two days. There will be a reception at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on the first evening, a reception and viewing of the superb exhibition Treasured Possessions at the Fitzwilliam on the second evening, and optional visits to other local museums on the final afternoon.