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Material and Visual Cultures


Material Culture is a central concern across a range of disciplines in the Arts and Humanities. We work with the Design Group, Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology, and co-host seminars. The aim of the Material and Visual Cultures Research Group (MaViC) is to promote research into the study of material cultures at the Open University, and to facilitate collaborations amongst staff who undertake research on this theme.

The group shares interests in a range of topics, including:


  • objects and agency,
  • material culture and belief,
  • virtual objects and digital technologies,
  • object biographies and the afterlives of objects,
  • personhood and objecthood,
  • authenticity,
  • methodologies for working with objects, and
  • memorialisation.

Please follow this link for details of our seminar series.

MaViC Research Group is convened by Susie West (Susie.West[AT] Please feel free to get in contact for further information about the group and its activities.