The conference ' Why Things Matter!' will focus around contemporary archaeological theory relating to the complex relations between objects and humans. Besides seven relevant presentations by UvA Research Master students, you will also be able to enjoy insightful talks from Dr. Sada Mire from Leiden University and Dr. Gabriel Moshenska from University College Londen, who is also visiting fellow of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM).
Things have always been important to humans, which means they are important to archaeologists as well. While objects used to be subservient to their human masters, the material world at the mercy of humanity, this has been changing. More and more has archaeological theory been interrogating the relationships between people and things; between the social and the natural; between the ideological and the material. This conference seeks to contribute to this development by exploring, contrasting, and engaging with contemporary archaeological theory on the topics of matter, materiality, and materialism.
While the conference might seem to be only of interest to the archaeologist, this is not the case: anthropology, art history, philosophy, and many other theoretical fields have to deal with the questions that will be discussed during the conference. The interdisciplinary and highly contemporary papers will be presented by the student organisation and by Dr. Gabriel Moshenska from University College London.
10:30-11:00 - Commencement conference
11:00-11:30 - Special guest lecture: Sada Mire (Leiden)
11:30-12:00 - Jesse Braïek
12:00-12:30 - Christine van Royen
12:30-13:30 - Lunch break (at 3.09 BG1)
13:30-14:15 - Key-note speaker: Gabriel Moshenska
14:15-14:45 - Sam Miske
14:45-15:15 - Ela Altay
15:15-15:45 - Myung-Ju Kim
15:45-16:00 - Coffee/Tea break
16:00-16:30 - Gabriel Higgs
16:30-17:00 - Noa Manú Snoeren
17:00 - Closing remarks