Potent Things at CRASSH, 4 June 2014

Last week, Liz Haines, Mat Paskins and I presented ‘findings-to-date’ papers on the 100 Hours project to the Things: Material Culture 1500-1900 Seminar at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge.

Although we have been working together for over a year, this was the first opportunity to hear the products of our material engagements. Listening to Liz and Mat, I found the most interesting ‘results’ of this project to be those moments where we divert from one another, where our positions, arguments resist one another. And yet, underneath these diversions, there is a growing sense of some kind of poetics having been at work — listening to Mat reading some of his 100 one-hundred word response certainly underscored this element of the project for me.

Our three papers were recorded and can be heard via the Things Seminar section on iTunesU.

Finally, many many thanks to Lesley Stenitz and Michelle Wallis, for being such warm and engaging hosts.