Affective Artefacts Seminar Series

New radically interdisciplinary Manchester seminar series on Affective Artefacts, discussing the agentive and affective qualities of matter, thus, the capacity of materials and things to generate, maintain, and challenge emotional atmospheres! This semester, Kat Hill (Birkbeck), Hannah Newton (Reading), Tim Ingold (Aberdeen), Oliver Harris (Leicester), and Katherine Bond (Basel) will present their most recent research (see programme). The seminar is organised by the Embodied Emotions research group.

Charting the relationship between material cultures and cultures of emotions, this seminar series engages in a recent debate on how non-human matter engendered affectivity in the past. Bringing together researchers of different disciplinary backgrounds such as anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, curators, historians and sociologists, the seminar provides a cross-disciplinary platform to exchange views on methods and technologies, to discuss case studies, and to develop and test a shared vocabulary of material culture studies.

If you wish to know more about this seminar series, please contact either Stefan Hanß ( or Sasha Handley (

We would be more than delighted to see a huge number of participants engaging in these events!

(online link to the programme)


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