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Global Earth Matters: Mining, Materiality and the Museum - Gold

Tuesday 1 November 2016 - Wednesday 2 November 2016
Tuesday, 1 November and Wednesday 2 November, from 10.00 - 17.00.
Research Center for Material Culture
Steenstraat 1


  • Rosalind Morris (Columbia University)
  • Elizabeth Emma Ferry (Brandeis University)
  • Edouard Duval (Independent artist)
  • Natasha Ginwala (Independent artist)
  • Nii Obodai (Independent photographer)
  • Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam)

Global Earth Matters

The Research Center for Material Culture and the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology are pleased to invite you to the seminar Global Earth Matters: Mining, Materiality and the Museum on Tuesday November 1 and Wednesday November 2 in Leiden. 

The seminar invites a diverse group of makers and thinkers to explore questions around the global interactions of gold. The Global Earth Maters - Gold seminar will be the starting point to develop content for the future exhibition Gold, which is scheduled for 2019.

Materiality of objects

Material objects play an important role in shaping our understanding of the world around us. Global Earth Matters: Mining, Materiality and the Museum is a series of seminars that seek to re-center scholarly interest in the materiality of objects, opening onto broader questions of labor and making, skills and craftsmanship, on issues surrounding the (exploitative) economies from which these objects emerge.

Interdisciplinary conversations

Bringing together artists, academics and curators into interdisciplinary converstations, we want to push the conversation about museum objects beyond questions of aesthetic quality of (cultural) use, to critically explore the relationship betweeen the materials from which these objects are made and the social world within which they are created or function. 

Second seminar

After a previous and successfull workshop on bauxite and aluminum, the second seminar in the series focuses on the history and materiality of gold. The lure and luster of gold were important drivers in building empires based on conquest and slavery. How, will we ask, have the qualities and values attributed to gold contributed to 'worldmaking' and 'world breaking' processes? How do we understang gold - as it is mined, crafted, used as adornment and banked upon - in relation to glitter and gloom of global connections?

Special programme

  • Material Talks: Discussing and viewing objects from the collections
  • What's in my Phone?: Workshop with Closing the loop 
  • Gold Rushes: Film programme curated by Beeld voor Beeld


Register for this seminar at Materialculture.nl.

Global Earth Matters is a collaboration between the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University and the Research Center for Material Culture and is supported by Leiden Global Interactions.  

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