A summer program entitled, “Things that Matter,” is being organized by the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in collaboration with the universities of Bremen and Oldenburg, addressing the relationship between History and Material Culture Studies.
This summer school aims to map out the vastly growing research field of Material Culture Studies and its methodological and theoretical implications for historians. Since several years text-oriented disciplines such as historical studies, have recognized artefacts and things as important sources for the understanding of complex social relations. The integration of objects in historical research, for instance, has asked for a substantial “re-too- ling” as Karen Harvey has recently pointed out, in order to fully grasp the “complex nature of objects as sources”.
The workshops of the summer school focus on reading key texts, presenting and discussing work in progress of the students under the supervision of the international experts.
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