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The material agent in technological processes

[Congrès, colloques, réunions]

10-14 septembre 2014

A session at the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

The embeddedness of technology in society is, by now, well established. However, what of materials themselves ? Traditionally, materials were considered the defining features of technologies and even of human epochs. Yet paradoxically, they were seen only as passively manipulated within the technological process, with the ‘product’ or ‘artefact’ as the conceptualized outcome. Recent cross-disciplinary approaches renewing our interest in technologies have demonstrated its inextricable social role and it is time to take a closer look at the ways in which materials themselves facilitate and shape technological practices, processes, and social relations. This session explores the social relations of technologies by forefronting materials as active agents in shaping the objects, ideas, and organizing principles of the communities which use them. Questions of procurement, materializing practices, re-use, contact, creativity, and social boundaries are all areas to be explored. We welcome papers on a broad range of materials and periods.

Session organizers
 Isabelle Vella Gregory
 Sheila Kohring
 Alison Klevnas

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The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 27th, 2014