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A Material World

A series of events on the reconstruction of life in the past through objects and materials, the people who made them and the people who used them.

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A Material World is an event series hosted by the Warburg Institute which focuses on the reconstruction of life in the past through objects and materials, the people who made them and the people who used them. Combining public lectures, student seminars and live object-based presentations across three terms, the series brings together academics and heritage professionals from a wide range of disciplines including history, art history, cultural history, archaeology, anthropology, history of religion and museum studies. The series will discuss issues concerning historical objects, their materials, forms, and functions, as well as their conservation, presentation, display, and reconstruction. The three combined lecture-seminar sessions of 2021-2022 will be on the theme of Ritual.

A Material World: Ritual will explore a range of artefacts produced and associated with secular and religious rituals during the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It aims to explore artefacts associated with such ritual usage across social strata – from the very poorest to royalty – and with global scope. 

Organisers: Rembrandt Duits (Acting Curator, The Photographic Collection, The Warburg Institute) and Louisa McKenzie (PhD student, The Warburg Institute).

Photo: ©️ Gordon Plumb