1st Edition

Lineages and Advancements in Material Culture Studies
Perspectives from UCL Anthropology

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after November 10, 2020
ISBN 9781350127487
November 10, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

USD $120.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This volume comprises a curated conversation between members of the Material Culture Section of UCL Anthropology. In laying out the state of play in the field, it challenges how the anthropology of material culture is being done and argues for new directions of enquiry and new methods of investigation. The contributors consider the ramifications of specific research methods, and explore new methodological frameworks to address areas of human experience that require a new analytical approach. The case studies draw from a range of contexts, including digital objects, infrastructure, data, extra-terrestriality, ethnographic curation, and medical materiality. They include timely reappraisals of now classical analytical models that have shaped the way we understand the object, the discipline, knowledge formation, and the artefact.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Timothy Carroll, Antonia Walford, Shireen Walton

2. Extra-terrestrial methods: toward an ethnography of the ISS

Victor Buchli

3. Being, being human, becoming beyond human

Timothy Carroll and Aaron Parkhurst

4. ‘Things ain’t the same anymore’: Toward an Anthropology of Technical Objects (or ‘When Simondon meets MCS’)

Ludovic Coupaye

5. The Object Biography

Adam Drazin

6. A New Instrumentalism?

Haidy Geismar

7. Objects of Desire: Sexwork and its objects

David Jeevendrampillai, Julia Burton and Eva Sanglante

8. Digital Devices: Knowing Material Culture

Hannah Knox

9. Rethinking Objectification and its Consequences: From substitution to sequence

Susanne Küchler

10. Looking at things

Delphine Mercier

11. Making things matter

Daniel Miller and Laura Haapio-Kirk

12. Prophetic Pictures: Or, What time is the visual?

Christopher Pinney

13. Held in Amma’s Light: The enchantment and political efficacy of Gopurams in Tamilnadu

Jill Reese

14. A curatorial methodology for Anthropology

Rafael Schacter

15. Data aesthetics

Antonia Walford

16. Place-Objects: Anthropology of Digital Photography/s

Shireen Walton

View More



Timothy Carroll is Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, UK.

Antonia Walford is Lecturer in Digital Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, UK.

Shireen Walton is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, UK.