Reseach Field K
Various materials have been employed to produce written artefacts. The selection of these materials is not accidental but depends on several factors: the availability and costs of certain products, their quality and durability, but also the meaning and value that specific materials had for writers and patrons, and the traditions and norms of their society. These choices define written artefacts and at the same time affect their circulation, accessibility, and preservation.
The Research Unit ‘Material Choices’ will contextualise the information acquired through the investigation of the materials, including the data collected through scientific analysis, to uncover preferences, patterns, and their underlying reasons. Further cross-cultural and diachronic comparisons will highlight shared features and emphasise peculiarities that are specific to certain areas and contexts.
Spokesperson: Claudia Colini