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The Archaeology of Melancholy


6 April 2019 14:00 - 15:00


Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Kent BR3 3BX

Exploring themes of melancholy through archaeology, James Dixon, co-editor of the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology, will consider an alternative approach to understanding the past, present, and future of people, things and places. Central to archaeology is how people exist alongside objects and within space, and in these and other human relationships there is plenty of room for melancholy; as an interpretation, as a condition, as a result of how we think, and therefore a potential outcome of archaeological processes of all kinds.

About the speaker

James Dixon is a dedicated art-archaeology researcher with interests including ‘visual archaeologies’ and aesthetics, public art, archaeology and performance, and the incorporation of artistic practice in archaeology. He is co-editor of the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology and an Honorary Research Associate in Geography at the Royal Holloway University of London. https://jamesdixonarchaeology.com/