Dr Joanna Sofaer
is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton
(UK). Her research combines innovative theoretical work with material
culture based approaches. Her main research interests are Copper and
Bronze Age in Europe; archaeologies of craft and technology;
archaeologies of social identity (especially age and gender); and
archaeological theory (in particular ‘the body’ and the relationship
between archaeological theory and bioarchaeology).
Dr Joanna Sofaer
is the author of “The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical
Osteoarchaeology” (2006), co-editor of “Biographies and Space. Placing
the Subject in Art and Architecture” (2008), editor of “Material
Identities” (2007), and “Children and Material Culture” (2000).
Dr Joanna Sofaer’s
plenary lecture at CECT conference - „Pots and Stories“ - will be based
around the ongoing work for HERA grant “Creativity and Craft Production
in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe” (CinBA) (www.cinba.net).
Dr Stephen Harold
Riggins is a Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Memorial
University of Newfoundland (Canada). Prof Riggins’ main areas of
interests are ethnicity; sociology of culture; mass media and public
opinion; material culture studies; and sociology of families. His
current interests involve symbolic interactionist approaches to the
symbolism of material artifacts and the application of critical
discourse analysis to news stories. His research on mass media includes
studies of journalism by First Nations peoples, the role of mass media
in preserving minority identities, discourses of Chineseness, and the
rhetoric of implicit racism. He is presently writing a history of the
MUN sociology department as well as investigating the sociological
value of anecdotal evidence in ethnographies and life narratives.
Prof Stephen H.
Riggins is the editor of „The Socialness of Things: Essays on the
Socio-semiotics of Objects“ (1994), „The Language and Politics of
Exclusion: Others in Discourse“ (1997), and „Ethnic Minority Media: An
International Perspective“ (1992).
Crooke is a Senior Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the
University of Ulster (UK). She is active in the academic area of museum
studies as well as working with museums and everyday museum practice.
Dr Crooke researches cultural, political and identity issues in
relation to museums. She is currently working on the area of museums
and biography, which considers themes such as material culture studies,
identity, representation and memory.
Crooke is the autor of „Museums and Community. Ideas, issues and
challenges“ (2008), and „Politics, Archaeology and the Creation of a
National Museum in Ireland: an expression of national life“ (2000).
Mohrmann is a professor of European ethnology at the University of
Münster (Germany). Prof Mohrmann’s main research areas are history of
everyday life; material culture; visual culture; history of
mentalities; ethnology of law; cultural and social history of the early
modernity; and urban research.
Mohrmann is the editor of „Alternative Spiritualität heute“ (2010),
„Kulturhistorische Nahrungsforschung in Europa“ (2008), „Historizität.
Vom Umgang mit Geschichte“ (2007), „Essen und Trinken in der Moderne“
(2006) and „Städtische Volkskultur im 18. Jahrhundert“ (2001).