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Things that matter - Material and Culture in/for the Digital Age

(14 February 2020)

This Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies' (IMEMS) summer school will take place 15 - 19 June. Please note the deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 March 2020. For more information and to book your place please visit the IMEMS web pages

Level MA/PhD

Course fee (incl. excursions) £250 or free for students of the universities of Durham, Uppsala and Groningen.

Academic coordinators

  • Dr. Mikael Alm (University of Uppsala)
  • Prof. Raingard Esser (University of Groningen)
  • Dr. Dario Tessicini (Durham University)

“Things that Matter” addresses the tension between the materiality of sources and their digitization. The recent advances of digital technology have created new modes of reproduction and forms of consumption that have substantially reshaped the concepts of ‘object’ and of ‘collection’ at the heart of cultural institutions such as libraries and museums.

The Summer School is developed in collaboration with the related Masters programmes at Durham, Groningen, and Uppsala. These programmes offer interdisciplinary and cross-chronological approaches to the study of the societies and cultures in the premodern and early modern world. This 6th edition of the summer school is hosted by Durham University, UK.


Actively participate in all components of the Summer School. All participants must demonstrate that they have digested and analysed the reading for each component of the Summer School

Present their own research in progress or research design Write an essay in which they critically discuss the themes of the Summer School in relation to their own research Write a SWOT analysis of the Summer School in which they reflect critically on their learning experience Application procedure

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