The Practical Matter of Cultural History

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Date: 15 - 18 September 2010

Expressions of interest in participation are currently being accepted from PhD researchers, advanced masters students and intending doctoral researchers. Participation is restricted to 12 places. Participation is free however places will be allocated based on a review of expressions of interest. These should include: (i) a CV and (ii) a clear statement of reasons for wishing to participate in the programme (max. 400 words) and should be sent to The booking deadline is Wednesday 1 September 2010 – however, as places are limited, it is recommended that you book immediately.

This autumn school introduces research approaches to cultural history. This four day programme of seminars, lectures and workshops provides researchers with an introduction to methods and concepts for the study of materiality in cultural history through a combination of theoretical overviews and case study treatments of key examples from diverse cultural historical practices. Key concepts introduced will include: cultural historiography; materiality; material culture; discourse; the 'everyday' and 'history from below'. The School provides an opportunity to discuss the methods and concepts available within the study of material culture while also considering the broader challenges of critical interdisciplinary historical work.  The draft programme is available by clicking on the link.

Outline Programme

Wednesday [15/9/2010]

What is cultural history? (Dr Marc Caball, UCD Humanities Institute & Dr Mick Wilson, GradCAM)

What is material culture? (Dr Lisa Godson, NCAD/GradCAM)

What is cultural studies? (Martin McCabe, DIT/GradCAM)

Thursday [16/9/2010]

Materialising Public and Private Spaces (Dr Mick Wilson, GradCAM)

Destination Remembrance: Place, Visibility & the Performance of Collective Memory (Niamh Ann Kelly DIT/GradCAM)

Museum spaces and public engagement in Victorian Dublin (Dr Clara Cullen, UCD Humanities Institute)

Museum, History, Modernity (Dr Francis Halsall, NCAD/GradCAM)

Friday [17/9/2010]

The Material Culture of Eighteenth-Century Domestic Space (Dr Conor Lucey, UCD Humanities Institute)

Religion and Material Culture (Dr Lisa Godson NCAD/GradCAM)

Cultural History & Media Archaeology (Martin McCabe DIT/GradCAM)

Saturday [18/9/2010]

Closing Event What Matters? A Public Symposium on Cultural History