At the crossroads of history, history of art, anthropology or sociology, material culture has appeared as an emerging field of reserach in the humanities, leading to what some have called a « material turn ». The project, set in the longue durée rather than in a particular time period, focuses on a wide variety of objects (from textile and quilts to photographs, paintings and touch-screen mobile phones). Its aim and purpose is to explore material culture as a field and methodology. With a background in various disciplines (history, literature, visual studies) the members of the project are all specialised in different time periods or countries. Together they are working towards a definition of material culture to interrogate what this intrinsically transdisciplinary approach does to more traditional academic disciplines.
Global Matters is part of LARCA’s trans-axis research project Material culture, which studies global material circulations and the history of techniques. The project is jointly supported by LARCA, CRCAO, ICT, SPHERES and LIED.