Objects And Others Essays On Museums And Material Culture Conference

Essays on Museums and Material Culture

Arranging Ethnology: A. H. L. F. Pitt Rivers and the Typological Tradition
William Ryan Chapman

From Shell-Heaps to Stelae: Early Anthropology at the Peabody Museum
Curtis M. Hinsley

Franz Boas and Exhibits: On the Limitations of the Museum Method of Anthropology
Ira Jacknis

Philanthropoids and Vanishing Cultures: Rockefeller Funding and the End of the Museum Era in Anglo-American Anthropology
George W. Stocking, Jr.

Art and Artifact at the Trocadero: Ars Americana and the Primitivist Revolution
Elizabeth A. Williams

The Ethnic Art Market in the American Southwest, 1880–1980
Edwin L. Wade

On Having a Culture: Nationalism and the Preservation of Quebec’s Patrimoine
Richard Handler

Writing the History of Archeology: A Survey of Trends
Bruce G. Tigger

Objects and Selves—An Afterword
James Clifford

Information for Contributors


The Material Culture Caucus (MCC) of the American Studies Association (ASA) wishes to encourage participation in the 2015 Annual Meeting: “The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance,” October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada. To read the conference Call for Papers please visit the ASA website.

Areas of interest related to the theme include, but are not limited to, the material culture of:

• War and other forms of violence

• Empire and colonialism

• Slavery

• Crisis and trauma

• Diaspora and immigration

• Prisons

• Poverty

• ‘Basic needs’: food (and water), clothing, and shelter

• Alienated/unalienated labor

• Inequitable/‘fair’ trade

• Racism

• Patriarchy/feminism

• Heteronormativity/queerness

• Ruins and preservation

• NAGPRA, repatriation, and cultural patrimony

• Climate change/sustainability

• Religion and spirituality

• Failure in business, technology, architecture and design, or relationships

• depression/the Depression

• Disability/access

• Consumerism: excess, ethical consumption, advertising, shopping malls, dark stores

• Entertainment

• Comfort/discomfort

• Self disciplining: beauty rituals, dieting, exercise, organizing, ‘happiness’ coaching

The MCC hopes to help link potential panelists with shared interests in material culture topics.…

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