Material Culture

Course Medieval Material Culture 2019 - 2020 (5 ECTS)

This course will be dealing with various kinds of material culture as sources for knowledge and research. A basic premise is that material sources are of the same level of relevance as other kinds of sources, like written sources. As with all kinds of sources the reliability of elements of material culture is a fascinating topic that will be discussed. Various kinds of material sources will be discussed and analyzed, varying from images to archaeological remains, and from liturgical objects to architecture. Material in Utrecht will be visited and discussed and confronted with scholarly interpretations of material elsewhere, for example in Rome.

 

Teachers

  1. prof. dr. Lex Bosman (University of Amsterdam): a.f.w.bosman@uva.nl
  2. prof. dr. Sible de Blaauw (Radboud University Nijmegen): s.deblaauw@let.ru.nl
  3. dr. Wendelien van Welie-Vink (University of Amsterdam): W.A.W.vanWelie-Vink@uva.nl

 

Final learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • define and employ key terms in the study of material culture
  • articulate the methodological implications of material culture research for your field of enquiry
  • have experience of applying object theories to the analysis of specific objects, practices or sites
  • show initiative in creating an original research project

 

Assessment

  • Research proposal  (24 April)        10%
  • Presentation           (8 May)           30%
  • Final paper             (5 June)           60%

 

There will be 5 meetings in Utrecht, 14.00 – 17.00 h.

 

Course schedule

17 April: Medieval Studies and Material Culture. Approaches from three disciplines

Location: To be announced

Teachers: Lex Bosman, Wendelien van Welie, Sible de Blaauw

 

24 April: Liturgy in books and objects

This session will be at Museum Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38.

[Reading to be announced]

Teacher: Wendelien van Welie

 

1 May: Archeology and architecture at the Dom square

 [Reading to be announced]

* submit a proposal for your paper

Location: To be announced

Teacher: Lex Bosman

 

8 May: *presentations by students

Location: To be announced

 

13 May guest lecture

+ final remarks

Location: To be announced

 

5 June: final date to submit your paper! Email your paper to all three teachers.