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The University of Southampton

The Politics of Material Culture in the 19th Century Seminar

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research
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16:00 - 18:00
22 February 2017
65/1097, Avenue Campus, SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Mary Hammond at .

Event details

Professor Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Jonathan Conlin (Southampton, History), Dr John McAleer (Southampton, History) and Professor Mary Hammond (Southampton, English) lead a roundtable discussion on using material culture in interdisciplinary research. This event coincides with the first publication in paperback of Professor Trentmann’s acclaimed book Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First (Allen Lane, 2016), and the session will begin with a discussion of selected chapters from the book (to be circulated in advance of the meeting).

Speaker information

Professor Frank Trentmann , Birkbeck, University of London. Frank Trentmann was made Professor of History at Birkbeck in 2007. He has been at Birkbeck since 2000, after teaching as Assistant Professor at Princeton University. He is the principal investigator of the AHRC project “material cultures of energy” (2014-17), and also a member of the multidisciplinary EPSRC – ESRC research centre DEMAND (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand). He was the director of the £ 5 million Cultures of Consumption research programme, co-funded by the ESRC and the AHRC. He has also been Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, as well as a Visiting Professor at Bielefeld University (Germany), the British Academy, and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. In 2014, he was Moore Distinguished Fellow at Caltech. Prof. Trentmann His recent work has been on consumption, materiality, energy and everyday life. He has also published on political culture, political economy, and civil society in modern history.

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