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Material Culture in Transit
Theory and Practice

Edited By

Zainabu Jallo

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ISBN 9781032223872
March 17, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 is valuable reading for scholars of anthropology, museum studies, history and others with an interest in material culture.

Table of Contents

List of figures




Moving Matter: Worlds f Material Culture

Zainabu Jallo

Part I Museology Representation and Colonial Liabilities

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 Bründlmeyer

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


Part II Heuristic Materiality Meanings and Transformations

6. "To Give Away My Collection For Free Would Be Nonsense" – Decorations And The Emergence Of 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

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Zainabu Jallo is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Basel, 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.