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  • Jewish Glass and Christian Stone

    A Materialist Mapping of the "Parting of the Ways"

    By Eric C. Smith

    In recent years, scholars have reevaluated the "parting of the ways" between Judaism and Christianity, reaching new understandings of the ways shared origins gave way to two distinct and sometimes inimical religious traditions. But this has been a profoundly textual task, relying on the writings of…

    Hardback – 2017-12-04 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

    Edited by Angeliki Pollali, Berthold Hub

    Studies on gender and sexuality have proliferated in the last decades, covering a wide spectrum of disciplines. This anthology offers a metanarrative of sexuality as it has been recently embedded in the art historical discourse of the European Renaissance. It revisits ‘canonical’ forms of visual…

    Hardback – 2017-12-04 
    Routledge
    Visual Culture in Early Modernity

  • Crossing the Human Threshold

    Dynamic Transformation and Persistent Places During the Middle Pleistocene

    Edited by Matt Pope, John McNabb, Clive Gamble

    When was the human threshold crossed? What is the evidence for evolving humans and their emerging humanity? This volume explores in a global overview the archaeology of the Middle Pleistocene, 800,000 to 130,000 years ago when evidence for innovative cultural behaviour appeared. The evidence shows…

    Hardback – 2017-11-08 
    Routledge
    Frames and Debates in Deep Human History

  • Colour and Light in Ancient and Medieval Art

    By Chloë N. Duckworth, Anne E. Sassin

    The myriad ways in which colour and light have been adapted and applied in the art, architecture, and material culture of past societies is the focus of this interdisciplinary volume. Light and colour’s iconographic, economic, and socio-cultural implications are considered by established and…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge

  • Collecting and Displaying China's “Summer Palace” in the West

    The Yuanmingyuan in Britain and France

    Edited by Louise Tythacott

    In October 1860, at the culmination of the Second Opium War, British and French troops looted and destroyed one of the most important palace complexes in imperial China—the Yuanmingyuan. Known in the West as the "Summer Palace," this site consisted of thousands of buildings housing a vast art…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge
    The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950

  • The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art

    Materials, Power and Manipulation

    Edited by Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Ika Matyjaszkiewicz, Zuzanna Sarnecka

    This volume explores the late medieval and early modern periods from the perspective of objects. While the agency of things has been studied in anthropology and archaeology, it is an innovative approach for art historical investigations. Each contributor takes as a point of departure active things:…

    Hardback – 2017-10-04
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Art History

  • The Materiality of Love

    Essays on Affection and Cultural Practice

    Edited by Anna Malinowska, Michael Gratzke

    Drawing on love studies and research in material cultures, this book seeks to re-examine love through materiality studies, especially their recent incarnations, new materialism and object-oriented philosophy, to spark a debate on the relationship between love, objects and forms of materializing…

    Hardback – 2017-10-03
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

  • Sentient Conceptualisations

    Feeling for Time in the Sciences of the Past

    By Cristian Simonetti

    Sentient Conceptualisations is about how scientists studying the past understand time in relation to space. Simonetti argues that the feelings for depths and surfaces, arising from the bodily movements and gestures of scientific practice, strongly influence conceptualisations of space and time.…

    Hardback – 2017-09-26
    Routledge

  • A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers

    Cryptography and the History of Literacy

    Edited by Katherine Ellison, Susan Kim

    The first cultural history of early modern cryptography, this collection brings together scholars in history, literature, music, the arts, mathematics, and computer science who study ciphering and deciphering from new materialist, media studies, cognitive studies, disability studies, and other…

    Hardback – 2017-09-21
    Routledge
    Material Readings in Early Modern Culture

  • Dwelling

    Heidegger, Archaeology, Mortality

    By Philip Tonner

    Dwelling: Heidegger, Archaeology, Mortality negotiates the discourses of phenomenology, archaeology and palaeoanthropology in order to extend the ‘dwelling perspective’, an approach in the social sciences particularly associated with Tim Ingold and a number of other thinkers, including Chris Tilley…

    Hardback – 2017-08-30
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Archaeology

  • Archaeology and Buddhism in South Asia

    By Himanshu Prabha Ray

    This book traces the archaeological trajectory of the expansion of Buddhism and its regional variations in South Asia. Focusing on the multireligious context of the subcontinent in the first millennium BCE, the volume breaks from conventional studies that pose Buddhism as a counter to the Vedic…

    Hardback – 2017-08-29
    Routledge India

  • An Archaeology of Skill

    Metalworking Skill and Material Specialization in Early Bronze Age Central Europe

    By Maikel H.G. Kuijpers

    Material is the mother of innovation and it is through skill that innovations are brought about. This core thesis that is developed in this book identifies skill as the linchpin of – and missing link between – studies on craft, creativity, innovation, and material culture. Through a detailed study…

    Hardback – 2017-08-08
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Archaeology

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