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2010 Conference: 'Making Things'

Conference Organiser: Oliver Douglas

12 - 13 April, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

From technological interpretations through to gallery-based artistic interventions, museum ethnographers have long grappled with issues of creativity and with the physical techniques and social forces that underpin the making of our material worlds. However, in recent years other topics—collecting processes, disciplinary histories, and questions of 'materiality'—have come to the fore, often at the expense of pragmatic and material-centred relationships between people and things. This conference seeks to re-engage with the practical elements of the profession.

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