Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

4. Material Culture, Cultural Diversity and Identity

Convenors: Christoph Kilger ( and Michael Lindblom (


Joakim Kjellberg; Julia Habetzeder; Andreas Hennius; Annika Larsson; Elke Rogersdotter; Karin Ojala; Michael Lindblom; Michael Neiss; Nik Petek; Sabine Sten; Alexander Andreeff; Helene Martinsson-Wallin; Ing-Marie Back Danielsson; Paul Wallin
Chris Nuttall, Jhonny Therus,

This cluster is a broad platform for scholars who want to share their thoughts and approaches to the material dimension of the past. Theories on material culture studies abound in recent years and the interest in the subject of materiality is at its peak. In this cluster we wish to explore different empirical dimensions of material culture and to focus on how we engage with the material sources in our interpretations. This includes different aspects of epistemology, ontology and methodological inquiry. There is also an explicit interest within the research group to discuss the potential of museums, collections and archives as resources and laboratories for different kinds of material studies.

Research interests within our cluster

  • Theories of materiality, value,  agency and practice
  • Material culture as a means of communication, production, exchange, gifting, allocating and transferring technological skills and resources etc
  • Concepts of mobility, fluidity, migrations, networks, and social changes as means of exploring material culture
  • Biography, object itinerary and re-use of material culture
  • Exploring the potential of museum collections for scientific research


See seminar schedule

Recent activities

Autumn term of 2016
Paul Wallin: An introduction to multi-variate correspondence analysis. 9 participants (6 EP/ 3CGo)