IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 631: ANT(ics): Objects and the Thingliness of Things

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Ben Jervis, Department of Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Helen Price, School of English, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Harold Mytum, Centre for Manx Studies, University of Liverpool
Paper 631-aEntangled Vessels: Enacting Pottery in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Ben Jervis, Department of Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Technology
Paper 631-b'In Medias Res': Ecomaterialism and the Environments of Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Helen Price, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Old English, Technology
Paper 631-cNames and Actors: ANT between Text and Materiality
(Language: English)
Lisbeth Heidemann Torfing, Department of Scandinavian Languages & Literature, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Abstract

Objects and texts exist in the same material world, whereby each actively shapes the meaning and existence of the other. Both texts and objects are simultaneously constructing and being constructed by the environments in which they act. Through its exploration of a range of medieval texts and artefacts, this interdisciplinary session engages with Actor-Network Theory and other relational approaches to investigate the often overlooked connections between object, text, and the wider world. The papers will explore the idea that the meaning and properties of objects are not inherent within them, but are defined relationally; the properties of objects emerge from the formation of multiple relationships with and between them. This session pushes and challenges traditional readings of objects and their literary counterparts to provide new insights into the life, agency, and thingliness of things.