Digging to Roam

First Lecture – Durham University Personhood and Material Culture

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Had my first lecture today. It’s a prehistory course titled Balkan Personhood and Material Culture. Today’s topic was Recent Approaches to Material Culture. We will be expanding on that later in the week in the extra hour for MA students (the course has quite a few third years [equivalent to undergraduate seniors] in it as well).

We discussed material culture and personhood and the intimate relations between person-place-object.
Personal favorite point:
Learning to use tools is learning to make the body. Things can be made by people and yet also be made out of people. There is a direct link between learning how to make things/developing skills and learning/using/developing the body.

Kristance Harlow

October 11, 2010

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