material life of things: lecture

What is a Fragment? Forms of the Material, the Cultural, & the Interdisciplinary

Thursday, 17 March 2011

18.30 - 20.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

view through a fence of a bit of a building site
Ground Zero, July 2009

Speaker(s): Dr Dan Hicks FSA (University of Oxford); Respondent: Daniel Miller (Professor of Material Culture, Department of Anthropology, University College London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Francesco Lucchini

This paper reflects upon the status of the idea of 'the fragment' in contemporary interdisciplinary material culture studies. In doing so, it uses anthropological thinking, to interrogate how we comprehend the forms that the material, the cultural, and the interdisciplinary can take in the study of things.

Dr Dan Hicks FSA is University Lecturer and Curator in the Modern Period at the Pitt Rivers Museum/School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology at St John's College, Oxford, and Research Fellow in Archaeology and Anthropology at Boston University. Dan's most recent book is The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies (OUP 2010, edited with Mary C. Beaudry). He publishes some of his writing on a blog at

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