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Annual Conference 2012: Things that connect – pathways of materiality and practice


The conference will take place from October 10-12 at the Karl Jaspers Center, University of Heidelberg, and is being organized by Research Area D "Historicities and Heritage" in cooperation with the CRC 933 "Material Text Cultures".

The thematic focus of this year's meeting is the study of materiality and the power it exercises in cultural processes. The expanding field of material culture studies has infused a new dynamism into a range of disciplines from archaeology and epigraphy to anthropology, histories of consumption, quotidian life, technology, curatorial and museum studies, aesthetics and art history. read more

Keynotes, Programme and Venues

The first keynote by Neil MacGregor (London) is held on October 10th, in the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. The second keynote by Ian Hodder (Stanford) is held on October 11th, in Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 212. read more

The conference will consist of two segments, the first comprising plenary panels in the morning devoted to broader themes around the subject of the conference, while the afternoon segment will feature a number of smaller, parallel panels designed to present the best results of the wide-ranging research carried out during the past years by scholars in the congenial cross-regional and transdisciplinary setting of the Cluster. The conference will be a platform to discuss these results and engage in a lively debate together with a selected number of invited guests. read more

The concluding session on October 12th, will feature a plenary round-table with the intent to sum up from different disciplinary positions the main insights and critical questions thrown up by the deliberations.

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To register please complete the registration form and send it to

Members of the Cluster and the CRC 933 do not have to register. 

Keynote I

October 10, 2012

18.30-20.00 "Trajectories of meaning: the shifting power of things." by Neil MacGregor (London), Alte Aula, Heidelberg University

Abstract and Podcast

Keynote II

October 11, 2012

18.30-20.00 "From Materiality to Entanglement" by Ian Hodder (Stanford), Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 212

Abstract and Podcast