Impressionable Bodies: Exploring Dress and Adornment in the Ashmolean Museum
Augmented by garments, jewellery, painting and perfumes, the human body is a powerful thing in all societies, past and present. Dress can make bodies almost endlessly flexible. Dress can oppress as well as empower, and it can create and challenge gender identities. For many, dress has spiritual or religious aspects, and for almost everybody, dress creates senses of ‘us’ and ‘them’. This is what makes dress and adornment fascinating subjects of study in so many different fields of academic enquiry, including archaeology, anthropology and art history.
Join us for a series of interactive talks and exploratory tours focusing on the subject of dress and adornment in the galleries of the Ashmolean Museum. We will delve into the archaeology and history of dress, from the Ancient Egyptians, Minoans and Greeks through to the inhabitants of Medieval Europe. Introductory and concluding talks will also outline how archaeologists and historians have tended to approach and make sense of dress and the impressionable human body.
SATURDAY 25th JANUARY 2020
Being held at the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
9.45am Introduction: dress and adornment in cross-cultural
10.15am Case Study 1: Dress like an Ancient Egyptian
12.00pm Case study 2: The Aegean world: from the Minoans to the
age of Alexander
2.15pm Case Study 3: The body and adornment in later Medieval
4.00pm Sights, sounds and fragrances: making sense of dress
5.00pm Course disperses
Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms. Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email email@example.com for details of availability and discounted prices.
Tuition only: £106.00
Catering option - see right-hand column. : £20.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Rosalind Janssen, MTh, MA, MSc, MTeach, PGCE, BA (Hons), is Honorary Lecturer in Education at UCL's Institute of Education.
Currently Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History (Greek History and Culture), University of Exeter and Tutor in Archaeology, OUDCE.
Associate Professor of Later Medieval Archaeology & Curator of Medieval Archaeology, University of Oxford
Speaker and Director of Studies
Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford
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Places are limited to 15, so early booking is advised.
Catering option includes: Coffee/tea and pastries on arrival / Mid morning coffee/tea and biscuits / Sandwich lunch - sandwiches, crisps, fruit, cake and fruit juice / Afternoon tea/coffee with brownies. Mineral water all day.