The Manchester Material Culture Lab

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The Manchester Material Culture Lab—a reading group of Manchester-based researchers interested in material culture studies—is back. 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.


18 October 2023, 4-5pm: The Body of the Artisan Reconsidered (Samuel Alexander Building, A213)

Rublack, Ulinka, ‘Craft, Labour and Cabinets of Curiosities: Rethinking the Body of the Artisan’, German History 41, no. 3 (2023): 337–66,

Hanß, Stefan, ‘Gendering the Material Renaissance: Women, Industriousness and the Female Body at the Court of Württemberg’, German History 41, no. 3 (2023): 367–99,


1 November 2023, 4-5pm, Reviewer #2: Response to Reviews Practice Session (Samuel Alexander Building, A213)


22 November 2023, 4-5pm, Material Culture(s) of Emotions (Samuel Alexander Building, A213)

Harris, Oliver J. T., and Tim Flohr Sørensen, ‘Rethinking Emotion and Material Culture’, Archaeological Dialogues 17, no. 2 (2010): 145–63.

Downes, Stephanie, Sally Holloway, and Sarah Randles, ‘A Feeling for Things, Past and Present’, in Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History, edited by Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway, and Sarah Randles (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 8–24,

Bertheaux, Cyril, et al., ‘Emotion Measurements Through the Touch of Materials Surfaces’, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 13 (2020): article no. 455,


6 December 2023, 4-5pm, Work-in-progress session (Samuel Alexander Building, A213)

Please register via email to receive the readings.


Image credit: 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,