2016-2017 Workshop Series

Global Earth Matters

Materiality plays an important role in shaping our understanding of the world around us.  Global Earth Matters: Mining, Materiality and the Museum is a series of seminars that seek to re-center scholarly interest in the materiality of objects, opening onto broader questions of labor and making, skills and craftsmanship, on issues surrounding the (exploitative) economies from which these objects emerge.

Bringing together artists, academics and curators into interdisciplinary conversations, we want to push the conversation about museums objects beyond questions of aesthetic quality or (cultural) use, to critically explore the relationship between the materials from which these objects are made and the social world within which they are created or function. By retraining our gaze beyond a focus on cultural groups that museum objects are to represent towards a thinking of the materiality of the objects themselves within a broader economy of innovation and making, labor and imperial enterprise, we want to foreground the relationship between the materiality of mining practices and the diversity of cultural understanding about the earth.

Global Earth Matters is a collaboration between the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University (Dr. Sabine Luning) and the Research Center for Material Culture (Dr. Wayne Modest) and is funded by a grant from Leiden Global Interactions.

Seminar | 1 & 2 Nov | RCMC
Seminar | 30 June - 1 July | RCMC

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Wayne Modest
Head Research Center for Material Culture
Sabine Luning
Assistant Professor (Anthropology, Leiden University)