Materiality and Agency: New Paradigms in the Study of Human Development, Culture, and Cognition
Principal Investigator: T. Breyer
Materiality and Agency -- two decisive concepts contributing to the disentanglement of the problematic relationship between the epistemic yield of relics and our quest for understanding the sociocultural circumstances, in which human migration took place. This being said, supportive philosophical inquiries, exploring such concepts and crucial interdisciplinary research strategies in order to straighten the methodological and conceptual inventory of the CRC, should help assessing the findings put forward by archeo- and ethnological as well as geological effort. Since in the end, we have to keep in mind that different fields and methods of research generate different kinds of interests, foci and knowledge about past human migration processes, that need to be merged and put into context within a broader system of understanding.