Tag Archives: materiality

The taste of the archive in the digital age: article

Quite exciting to locate this article today via the Documentary Heritage News digest: Le goût de l’archive à l’ère numérique published  in La vie des idées. Anyone familiar with Arlette Farge’s book will immediately recognise the reference and also the importance of seeking to extend her thinking into the digital era. By the time Farge’s wonderful […]

Brittle paper: what can it stand?

Taking a literal turn in our thinking around materiality and the archived page, the following recent publications examine the mechanics of aged and brittle paper: “Comparing Non-destructive Mechanical Testing Methods for the Assessment of Brittle Papers – The Cantilever, Hanging Pear Loop, and Clamped Fold Tests” by Andrea K. I. Hall, Raymond H. Plaut and Patricia M. McGuiggan, […]

Mess and miscellany: new book

Just released by OUP Canada is Angus Vine‘s new book, Miscellaneous Order: Manuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge.  This book will be of interest to scholars working on questions of materiality in particular. Vine examines the early modern manuscript miscellany, an object often dismissed in its disorder and mess. “Drawing on original literary and historical […]

“It was a failure of imagination”: Climate change, archives and material culture

This recent news item entitled, “HOW TO PROTECT RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE RAVAGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE” takes the debate around archives and materiality in another direction by highlighting how archives and manuscripts are at risk from climate change through disasters as well as changing temperatures. Author Sophie Yeo highlights how informal collections and […]

Article: Of mind and matter: The archive as object

In the following article in Archives and Records (39.1 2018) Peter Lester advances an argument about materiality and the nature of archival evidence. Of mind and matter: The archive as object Abstract Archives are not only sources of evidence and information; they are also material objects with physical, tangible characteristics such as size, weight and […]

New article: Paper tools

Boris Jardine’s article, “State of the Field: Paper Tools” in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (Volume 64, August 2017, Pages 53-63) makes interesting reading for those concerned with questions of paper and materiality. Jardine asks whether scholars across diverse fields are talking about the same thing ‘when they talk of paper, its qualities, affordances and […]

Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences

15 – 17 February 2017 Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai Via dei Servi 51 50122 Florence ITALY Keynote-Speakers: Lorraine Daston, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University, Leicester Photographs are not only images, but also historically shaped three-dimensional objects. They hold a physical presence, bear traces of handling and use […]