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Material Witness

Material Witness is an interdisciplinary training programme for the interrogation of physical objects in the digital age.

Material Witness

Material Witness Blog

Various dates (January - June 2019)

Material Witness is an interdisciplinary training programme for the interrogation of physical objects in the digital age.

The prevalence of digital images both online and in exhibition and museum spaces has resulted in the dematerialised object becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Interest in physical artefacts has intensified as a result, both within the academy and across the public sphere. Material Witness acknowledges the centrality of objects across the humanities and offers innovative and cutting-edge training to emerging scholars in a broad range of theoretical and practical methods for interpreting physical objects. A central theme of Material Witness is the mutually enriching relationship between the digital artefact and the ‘real thing’.

Material Witness will provide training for PhD students in techniques and methods for examining the material world. It aims to encourage researchers who come from different disciplines and backgrounds and who study diverse time periods, pre-modern and modern, to share ideas about the relationships between materials and meaning. The programme also promotes collaboration across (and beyond) the spectrum of humanities disciplines through the study of materiality.

The programme will take the form of day-long (11am-5pm) events for 12-15 participants which will take place during the Spring and Summer terms, with a concluding event at the Art Workers’ Guild designed to showcase skills learnt during the programme.

Friday 7 June 2019 – Closing Event at The Art Workers’ Guild

Valedictory reception 4-8pm at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT.

This final event will include a key-note speaker followed by presentations from members of the Art Workers’ Guild on their crafts and opportunities for hands-on participation. There will be the opportunity to reflect on the programme and to discuss ideas for the future.

The sessions are open to:

Terms and conditions

  • By registering below, you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you.

  • If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.

Please register here

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Material Witness Blogposts (from previous years)