Engaging with the Humanities: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Dr Giovanna Vitelli and Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus
Event date
Event time
12:30 - 14:00
Saïd Business School
Park End Street
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

As part of a great university, Saïd Business School aims to make the wider intellectual richness of Oxford available to its students and staff in various ways. One such way is to engage with issues in the study of the Humanities. The work of historians, philosophers, and classicists, and the study of literature and artefacts from many countries and traditions, can shed light on challenges that concern business school students.

We work with a number of Oxford’s leading Humanities scholars in a series of activities to which we give the broad title “Engaging with the Humanities”. This series of events is a part of that, and open to all members of the Saïd Business School and to the wider Oxford community.

The School is happy to welcome the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology for a lunch time lecture on Wednesday 28 October 2015.

Please arrive at 12.15pm for a prompt 12.30pm start. Lunch will then be provided and the lecture will commence at 1pm. Tickets are non-transferable.

Discussion topics:

Dr Giovanna Vitelli, Director of the University Engagement Programme at the Ashmolean Museum

"Old Objects, New Subjects: Museum artefacts and their place in contemporary debates"

We swim in a sea of material things; we discriminate countless times a day between different “things”, and make choices about which objects we interact with, from smart phones to coffee mugs. Our behaviour is not new: for centuries, we have communicated through objects, creating things to exchange, to create wealth, to build trust, to foster identity and community, to judge and exclude. Using these objects to think with can transform them into powerful analytical tools, and can enrich our understanding of how the world works. Through examples from the Ashmolean Museum’s collections from the Pacific Islands, 17th and 18th century Europe, and the Americas, today’s session highlights the value-added of bringing in material resources to address such contemporary issues as transparency in financial networks, information flows, and consumerism and identity.

Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus, Andrew W. Mellon Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum

"A Global Motif: Past and Present"

This talk traces the history of a decorative motif, the trade of a particular commodity from the east to the west, and the role of strong women leaders in the story.