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Museums, Mobility, and Material Culture

A Review of Manawatū Journeys

Kirstie Ross

Te Manawa: Museum of Art, Science and History Palmerston North, New Zealand 10am–5pm daily including weekends Free general admission

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Social Situations and the Impact of Things: The Example of Catholic Liturgy

Torsten Cress

Today, the insight that material objects are an important part of social life is widely recognized in the social and cultural sciences. But how exactly do things affect the microlevel of social interaction? And by which methodological means can their significance for it be explored? Based on a study of Catholic liturgy, an ethnographic approach is developed that allows for systematic investigations into the role material objects play in social situations. Using Erving Goffman's frame analysis as a theoretical tool, it assumes that things are constitutive of social situations while in turn helping participants make sense of these situations. Conversely, the impact of things is considered closely tied to their particular situational involvement. In order to explore the connections between materiality, meaning, and use, I suggest investigating a number of closely related aspects: the contribution of things to the specifics of the situation in question; the bodily practices in which they are involved; the physical environment in which they are embedded; the physical qualities they possess; and the social definitions tied to them.

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The Map and the Territory

The Seventh International Road Congress, Germany 1934

Kristina Skåden

In transnational history of traffic, transport, and mobility, historians have been arguing for studying organizations as “transnational system builders” in the establishment and modification of transnational infrastructure. Emphasis has been placed on examining human actors. Here, I argue that the role of material objects, the nonhuman actors, should also be taken into account by investigating how a particular map matters. The major research issue is, therefore: How can we understand and analyze how the Nazi regime put the map Deutschlandkarte displayed at the exhibition Die Strasse (Munich, 1934) into play? In addition, how did the map figure in transnational system building during and after the seventh International Road Congress arranged by the Permanent International Association of Road Congresses? Insights from transnational history in the fields of traffic, transport, and mobility as well as material cultural studies, critical mapping, and actor-network theory inform this article.

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Material Culture and Authenticity. Fake Branded Fashion in Europe by Craciun, Magdalena

Cristiana Panella

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The Japanese house: material culture in the modern home, by Daniels, Inge


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Colonial collecting and display. Encounters with material culture from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Wintle, Claire

Efram Sera‐Shriar

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Gerritsen, Anne and Giorgio Riello (eds.) 2015. Writing material culture history. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 352 pp. Pb.: US$29.95. ISBN: 9781472518569.

Linda Levitt

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Holistic Houses and a Sense of Place

Contextualizing the Bishop Museum Hale Pili Exhibit through Archaeological Analyses

Jennifer G. Kahn

material culture styles from the Pacific Islands not found elsewhere, partly due to the fragile nature of organic objects and their inability to preserve in tropical contexts. Yet the importance of the Bishop Museum collections is mitigated by the fact that

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Theoretical Perspectives, Methodological Approaches and Ethnographic Insights

Cordula Endter, Anamaria Depner, and Anna Wanka

traditions in material culture studies ( Hahn 2005 ; Miller 1998 ; Warnier 2001 ), the materialities of age and ageing tend to be neglected in anthropological age studies. Thus, this special issue sets out to strengthen a research perspective that takes the

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Wright, Christopher. 2013. The echo of things. The lives of photographs in the Solomon Islands (Series: Objects/Histories. Critical Perspectives on Art, Material Culture and Representation). Durham: Duke University Press. 221 pp. Pb.: US$23.25. ISBN: 978‐0822355106.

Patricia Prieto‐Blanco