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The Material Reception of Antiquity

Thursday 13 December 2018
Material Agency Forum
National Museum of Antiquities
Rapenburg 28
2311 EW Leiden
Leemans Room

In this conference, that is part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, but also marks the first lustrum of the Material Agency Forum, participants of the conference are invited to reflect on the material reception of antiquity by taking one object, or one class of objects, as a case-study, and to discuss the reception of an object over a longer period of time.

We welcome you for this joint conference of the National Museum of Antiquities, the Material Agency Forum and the Byvanck Chair for the History of Classical Art and Archaeology.

See for more information the programme below and the abstracts.


10.00                    Arrival

10.10                    Brief introduction by the organizers

10.15 - 11.00       Keynote: Peter Miller (Bard Graduate Centre New York)
The New History of Antiquarianism and What it Offers

11.00 - 11.40       Cecilia Griener-Hurley (Ecole du Louvre/Université de Neuchâtel)
Pale imitations and corrected copies

11.40 – 11.55       Coffee & Tea

11.55 - 12.35        Pascal Griener (Université de Neuchâtel)
A dream turned to stone. Michelangelo and the antique 'Cupid' purchased  for the Victoria and Albert Museum (1861).

12.35 - 13.15         Isabelle Kalinowski (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Catapetasmata. Gottfried Semper and antique drapery.

13.15 -14.15         Lunch

14.15 - 14.55        Astrid van Oyen (Cornell University)
The transient reception of wattle and daub

14.55 – 15.35       Laura Van Broekhoven (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford)
Legacies and futures at the Pitt Rivers Museum

15.35 – 15.50       Coffee & Tea

15.50 - 16.30        Jos Platenkamp (University of Münster)
“Damit es in guten Händen kommt“ On the interface between gifts and commodities

16.30 – 17.00      General discussion and concluding remarks by the organizers

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