History and Material Culture: New Directions


This seminar participates in the preparation of the Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture, edited by Ivan Gaskell and Sarah Anne Carter. The editors’ goal is to contribute to shaping the future practice of material culture history. Thirty-three international scholars discussed their ideas at a workshop at the BGC in May 2014. They have since drafted chapters that challenge the boundaries of material culture history. The manuscript is due for submission in April 2015. By discussing selected drafts with their authors by video link, and commenting on chapters-in-progress, the seminar will not only examine overarching puzzles of method and principle, but will contribute to the future direction of worldwide material culture history from Paleolithic to Punk. 3 credits.