1st Edition

Material Culture in Transit Theory and Practice

Edited By Zainabu Jallo Copyright 2023
    218 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Material Culture in Transit: Theory and Practice constellates curators and scholars actively working with material culture within academic and museal institutions through theory and practice. The rich collection of essays critically addresses the multivalent ways in which mobility reshapes the characteristics of artefacts, specifically under prevailing issues of representation and colonial liabilities. The volume attests to material culture as central to understanding the repercussions of problematic histories and proposes novel ways to address them. It offers valuable reading for scholars of anthropology, museum studies, history and others with an interest in material culture.

    Moving Matter: Worlds of Material Culture

    Zainabu Jallo


    1 After Interpretive Dominance

    Anna Schmid

    2 "Wo ist Afrika?": of Reflexive Museography, and Other (Productive?) Disappointments

    Sandra Ferracuti

    3 "Out of Context"- Translocation of West African Artefacts to European Museums: The Case of the Leo Frobenius Collection from Mali

    Cécile Bründlmayer

    4 The Museum as a Colonial Archive. The Collection of Victor and Marie Solioz and its role in forgetting the colonial past

    Samuel B. Bachmann

    5 Museum Collections in Transit: Towards a History of the Artefacts of the Endeavour Voyage

    Nicholas Thomas


    6 "To give away my collection for free would be nonsense": Decorations and the Emergence 0f Ethnology in Imperial Germany

    Carl Deussen

    7 Discourse on Objectification and Personification: Modern Forms of Material Cultural Identity in the Tuareg Society

    Djouroukoro Diallo

    8 The Material Culture of Vodun: Case Studies from Ghana, Togo, Germany and In-Between

    Niklas Wolf

    9 Ndambirkus and Ndaokus: Asmat Skulls in Transit

    Jan Joris Visser

    10 On the Art of Forging Gods: Techniques, Forces and Materials in an Afro-Brazilian Religion

    Lucas Marques


    Zainabu Jallo is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and lecturer in Anthropology at the Universities of Basel and Bern, Switzerland. Her PhD in Anthropology is from the Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern. she is also a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Anthropology at USP - Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Jallo is one of the Principal Investigators of the" Sacral Architecture Africa" Project. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts England and a member of the UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa. Her scholarly interests include museum anthropology, diaspora studies, iconic criticism, and material culture.