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Things: Material Cultures of the Long Eighteenth Century

an interdepartmental seminar series
When Oct 04, 2011
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
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Alternate Tuesdays, during term time
Michaelmas Term 2011: 12.00-14.00
From January 2012: 12.30-14.30

The eighteenth century was the century of ‘stuff.’ Public production, collection, display and consumption of objects grew in influence, popularity, and scale. The form, function, and use of objects, ranging from scientific and musical instruments to weaponry and furnishings were influenced by distinct features of the time. Eighteenth-century knowledge was not divided into strict disciplines, in fact practice across what we now see as academic boundaries was essential to material creation. This seminar series will use an approach based on objects to encourage us to consider the unity of ideas of the long-eighteenth century, to emphasise the lived human experience of technology and art, and the global dimension of material culture. We will re-discover the interdisciplinary thinking through which eighteenth-century material culture was conceived, gaining new perspectives on the period through its artefacts.


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