Wednesday, 11 December 2013
|The Lives of Objects|
By Joanne Bloch and Hedley Twidle
From 20 to 22 September 2013, an inaugural conference, The Lives of Objects, was held at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing, a research institute based at Wolfson College under the directorship of acclaimed biographer Hermione Lee and Elleke Boehmer, a Professor of World Literature who has published widely on southern African literature and history.
Object biography, according to the initial call for papers, continues to generate fruitful areas of enquiry that range from academic research into material culture, commodities and the social life of things (in the work of Arjun Appadurai and Bill Brown for example), to the more public modes of scholarship represented by the plenary speakers at this event. Over the three days we heard talks by Neil McGregor (director of the British Museum and author of History of the World in 100 Objects) and Edmund De Waal (a ceramicist whose bestselling book The Hare with Amber Eyes tells a traumatic family history via a collection of porcelain netsuke figurines). Read more...
|Critical listening: Acoustic shards of the colonial archive|
On 10 October, APC senior researcher Anette Hoffmann presented a paper entitled Acoustic Fragments from Colonial Archives at the University of Denmark in Copenhagen. She was there at the invitation of Anne Folke Henningsen from the Saxo Institute at the Department of History, Ethnology, Greek and Latin, and Archaeology. Read more...
|APC to host trans-disciplinary sound archives event |
On November 12, Archive & Public Culture will be hosting a compact seminar that engages with trans-disciplinary approaches to sound archives. Fellow researchers and other interested parties are invited to attend. Read more...
back to top