P087
Stories with things: processing materials and generating social worlds
Convenors:
Amber Lincoln (British Museum)
Julie Adams (British Museum)
Format:
Panels
Location:
British Museum - BP Lecture Theatre
Start time:
2 June, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

With object in hand as a visual and material aid, this panel invites participants to explore technical and socio-cultural processes associated with making things.

Long abstract:

This panel explores the processes of making objects with materials. Tracing materials - their tangible properties and non-empirical traits - as they are manipulated and made into things, fixed, destroyed and reused, conveys histories of objects, but also, it reveals stories of socialisation and enskilment. Following materials in and through objects illuminates how bodies and memories are shaped and how cultural aesthetics and values are formed. This panel asks participants to explore the role materials play in generating social worlds? What can we learn about the processes of socialising children or the refinement from novice to expert practitioner by tracing materials in things? How does direct experience with materials and their manipulation inform anthropological and museological knowledge? Participants are invited to bring an object or group of materials to the panel in order to consider how processes of making are conveyed in objects and how they might generate social worlds.