Oxford Saïd is pleased to welcome the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology back to the School as part of its Engaging with the Humanities series.
Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus will speak on Textiles, a motif and fashionistas.
This talk explores 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.
Dr Giovanna Vitelli will speak on 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.
The talk will include a complimentary lunch served from 12 noon.