Material Objects, Their Meanings & the People Drawn to Them A MicroWorlds Workshop: Actor-Network Theory
Ever been intrigued by an image, a painting, a document? Might such inanimate objects have their own agency? Do they create webs of meaning through people who seek to understand them? Explore with David Morgan, Professor of Religious Studies at Duke, how to study objects - historical or contemporary, visual or material - as if they have their own agency, powers of attraction. Professor Morgan will introduce participants to Actor-Network Theory and explore with us its possible uses in historical and cultural analysis. For all researchers curious about how to understand an object and the worlds they create.
Lunch will be provided.
Participants should read Chapter 4 of Prof. Morgan's book, Images at Work, and come prepared for discussion.
Available here: https://duke.box.com/s/2aiqix9o022pyx8xtn7mvdohlt7nzkmc