About the Book
Writing as Material Practice grapples with the issue of writing as a form of material culture in its ancient and more recent manifestations, and in the contexts of production and consumption. Fifteen case studies explore the artefactual nature of writing — the ways in which materials, techniques, colour, scale, orientation and visibility inform the creation of inscribed objects and spaces, as well as structure subsequent engagement, perception and meaning making. Covering a temporal span of some 5000 years, from c.3200 BCE to the present day, and ranging in spatial context from the Americas to the Near East, the chapters in this volume bring a variety of perspectives which contribute to both specific and broader questions of writing materialities. The authors also aim to place past graphical systems in their social contexts so they can be understood in relation to the people who created and attributed meaning to writing and associated symbolic modes through a diverse array of individual and wider social practices.
About the Contributors
Kathryn Piquette earned a double BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MA and PhD (“Writing, “Art’ and Society: A Contextual Archaeology of the Inscribed Labels Late Predynastic-Early Dynastic Egypt”) in Egyptology from the University College London (UCL) Institute of Archaeology, where she is also an Honorary Research Associate. Kathryn Piquette is a Research Associate at the University of Oxford on the project “Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) Systems for Ancient Documentary Artefacts”, an AHRC-funded collaboration with the University of Southampton. Her research centres on the study of script and image from a phenomenological perspective. With the aid of RTI (CSAD Newsletter No. 14), she is exploring ancient Egyptian script and image and the ways in which materials, techniques, and associated material practices inform both linguistic and non-linguistic meanings. Kathryn Piquette has also been conducting research on modern analogue and digital reader/writer experience as a Research Associate for the Canadian SSHRC funded Implementing New Knowledge Environments project at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and is bringing these more recent perspectives to bear on questions of ancient reader/writer experience and practice.