Lineages and Advancements in Material Culture Studies
Perspectives from UCL Anthropology
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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
Timothy Carroll, Antonia Walford, Shireen Walton
2. Extra-terrestrial methods: toward an ethnography of the ISS
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’)
5. The Object Biography
6. A New Instrumentalism?
7. Objects of Desire: Sexwork and its objects
David Jeevendrampillai, Julia Burton and Eva Sanglante
8. Digital Devices: Knowing Material Culture
9. Rethinking Objectification and its Consequences: From substitution to sequence
10. Looking at things
11. Making things matter
Daniel Miller and Laura Haapio-Kirk
12. Prophetic Pictures: Or, What time is the visual?
13. Held in Amma’s Light: The enchantment and political efficacy of Gopurams in Tamilnadu
14. A curatorial methodology for Anthropology
15. Data aesthetics
16. Place-Objects: Anthropology of Digital Photography/s
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.