PhD Course - Materials and material science

Materials, material science, and materiality: new perspectives from the natural sciences and humanities, 7.5 credits

What are materials? How can we study them? How do we shape them and how do they shape us? This course explores how new approaches to materials and materiality has shaped fields from across the sciences and humanities. We will examine different approaches to the “material turn” to see how these developed can be understood from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course will involve discussions on transhumanism, new ontologies, new materials, digital and virtual reality, as well as critiques to these developing frameworks. Our goal will be to understand recent advances in material studies and see how they can be applied to our own disciplines. The discussion will cover both technical methods and theoretical approaches.

Teaching will consist of a mixture of seminars and lectures. Seminars will involve student-led presentations and discussions of recent literature. Lectures will focus on current approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives. The course is examined through a written assignment on the theme of materiality within the framework of the student's own research.

The course will be given by the Department of Archeology and Ancient History.
The course will be given at half time during the period 4 April–2 June 2023.
The teaching will take place in English.

For further information, please contact Mikael Fauvelle mikael.fauvelle@ark.lu.se

For registration, contact Susanne Karlsson susanne.karlsson@ark.lu.se

Sidansvarig: Susanne.Gustafssonark.luse | 2022-12-22