Being English: An Exploration of Identity Through the Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Chris Gosden, Indigenous Arts in Transition Seminar
September 21, 2011

The Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford has some 44,000 objects from England which have been the subject of a three-year project, The Other Within: An Anthropology of Englishness (2006-2009), which is currently being written up. In his talk, “Being English: An Exploration of Identity Through the Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford,” Dr. Gosden uses a selection of these objects, particularly those concerning magic, to examine the cultural construction of English identity from the later nineteenth century onwards.

Dr. Gosden is Professor of European Archaeology at the Oxford institute of Archaeology, a Fellow of Keble College, and Emeritus Fellow of St. Cross College.



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