The Manchester Material Culture Lab

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The Manchester Material Culture Lab is a reading group of Manchester-based researchers interested in material culture studies. These meetings shall engender a dialogue between the disciplines studying material culture in Manchester. We also run work-in-progress sessions to discuss drafts.

Attendance is limited to members of The Bodies, Emotions and Material Culture Collective. Registration is required, so please get in touch with if you wish to attend these events to get further information (location, readings).

This semester, The Manchester Material Culture Lab hosts the following events:


3 November 2022, 3–4pm: Multispecies Theory (in Practice)

(Reading suggestions by Dr Nick Overton, Prof Sasha Handley, and Dr Leah Astbury)


17 November 2022, 3–4pm: Work-in-progress Session

(Work-in-progress drafts written by Dr Leah Astbury and Dr Holly Fletcher)


8 December 2022, 3–4pm: Animism in Archaeology, Anthropology, and History

(Reading suggestions by Dr Nick Overton and Dr Stefan Hanß)




Image Credits:

Unidentified artist, The Courtesan Moshio Reading a Book, ca. 1655–61, Japan. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk. 64.8 × 34 cm (image). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019.420.17. Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, in celebration of the Museum’s 150th Anniversary, 2019,

Mahmud ‘Abd-al Baqi, The Great Abu Sa’ud Teaching Law (folio from a Divan of Mahmud ‘Abd-al Baqi), mid-16th century, Baghdad (attributed to).Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. 26 x 15.2 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 25.83.9. Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925,