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Frans Francken the Younger, The Cabinet of a Collector, 1617, Royal Collection Trust Royal Collection Trust
This research cluster brings together the expertise of Edinburgh staff and students working on any aspect of material culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Comprising scholars from a variety of fields and geographical specialisations, the cluster aims to foster interdisciplinary approaches to the study of materiality. In particular, we are interested in the myriad relationships between people and things, interrogating issues of making, consumption, exchange and agency.

The group host a range of events, including the Material and Visual Culture Seminar Series, commencing in the 2020/21 academic year. The programme showcases emerging scholarship in material culture studies, promoting the work of PhD students and Early Career Researchers. Confirmed speakers are drawn from a range of disciplines and from Universities across the UK.

Clare Tonks: Napoleon`s Waterloo Carriage: Conquering the Emperor

Joyce Dixon, Colour, word, thing: representing natural colour 1760 - 1820

Further events, such as guest lectures, student-led seminars and museum and gallery study days are planned, building on existing collaborations with National Museums Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

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