that looks into the processes and conditions of constituting cultural identities during the early modern period. The present inquiry was initially inspired by the significant number of publications that have recently been dedicated to exploring hybrid
A Hybrid New World… or Not?
Transformation versus Hybridisation in Early Modern World
Hybridity--Objects as Contact Zones
A Critical Analysis of Objects in the West African Collections at the Manchester Museum
Emma K. Poulter
Bringing together a retheorization of the “contact zone” (Pratt 1992; Clifford 1997) and the idea of hybridity, this article uses these concepts as analytic tools to raise questions about the meaning and materiality of objects in the collections at the Manchester Museum. Through a series of case studies I illustrate how connections spanning centuries between West Africa and the northwest of England are embodied in museum collections. By focusing on the materiality of museum objects it is possible to unravel these connections, as well as the fractions and fissures they point to.
Living in a hybrid material world
Girls, ethnicity and mediated doll products
Angharad N. Valdivia
Drawing on a theoretical framework that combines Media Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Girls Studies with the concept of hybridity, I explore American Girl, Dora the Explorer, and Bratz—three mediated doll lines—as manifestations of an ethnic identity crisis that in turns generates a moral panic that seeks to return whiteness and conventional femininity to its normalized mainstream standing. Issues of production, representation, and reception of mediated doll lines illuminate both a synergistic marketing strategy and a contested reception of hybrid mediated dolls. As such, mediated doll lines can be productively examined as they are an excellent vehicle for understanding contemporary agendas over gender, age, class, and ethnicity.
Analyzing Resistance to Transitional Justice
What Can We Learn from Hybridity?
The term hybridity as it is currently used with reference to peacebuilding interventions refers to the process by which external peacebuilding interventions are transformed through contact with local contexts and agents. With regard to
The Chicken and the Egg
Cracking the Ontology of Divination in Southwest China
reveals the hybrid nature of egg divination, in which spirit helpers, guardian spirits, the diviner's calculatory reflections, and the client are co-implicated and, to varying degrees, dependent on each other. In contrast to the other forms of divination
Freedom in the Face of Nicaragua's Hybrid Carceral System
extended beyond its walls, holding former prisoners tightly as they seek to rebuild their lives on the outside. Importantly, this points both to the expansion of Nicaragua's carceral state and to its hybrid enactment. After exploring current debates on
The Latour event
History, symmetry and diplomacy
This paper discusses the use of the concept of ‘event’ in Latour's work, in relation to how the term has been used in philosophy and anthropology. My contention is that ultimately, there is a tension between two strands of Latour's work: one more firmly based on history and the event, and another more focused on symmetry, hybridity and diplomacy.
The Hybrid Hamlet
Player Tested, Shakespeare Approved
. Photographs by Belinda Keller for the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Courtesy Photo/2015 © University North Carolina Wilmington. The hybrid Hamlet Many nights were spent at my desk with two different computer monitors and three different
Cultural Collisions in Socially Engaged Artistic Practice
In this article I explore how socially engaged artistic practice draws upon hybridity as a methodological approach advancing social justice. Through the case study of Theaster Gates’s To Speculate Darkly (2010), a project commissioned by the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, I consider how socially engaged practice mobilizes continually shifting notions of postcolonial hybridity to help museums make meaningful symbolic reparations toward equality and inclusivity. The research is based on interviews I conducted with Gates and with the director and the curator of the Chipstone Foundation. The article will demonstrate that, with hybridity, artists have the potential to subvert hegemonic power structures and to inspire reconciliations between museums and communities. While such reconciliations generally involve complex processes with no clear end point, the evolving concept of hybridity is an effective vehicle to foster pluralistic institutions, cultural organizations characterized by practices built upon shared authority, reciprocity, and mutual trust. Theaster Gates refers to the methodology of hybridity as ‘temple swapping’, an exchange of values between seemingly unlike groups, in his case the black church and the museum, to explore their interconnections and relational sensibilities. Temple swapping, I aim to show, is a valuable metaphor through which to examine socially engaged artistic practice and its implications for museum ethics.
Building a Hybrid Highway System
Road Infrastructure as an Instrument of Economic Urbanization in Belgium
This paper investigates the conception and construction of the Belgian highway network since 1945. It focuses on the formative decades of the 1950s and 1960s, when the network was designed and an important financing mechanism established (the 1955 Road Fund). A distinguishing characteristic in the construction of the network is the use of highways as a vector of urbanization for economic development purposes. Combining long-distance traffic with local access to adjoining services, these highways fulfill a twofold role defined at the conception of the network in 1951. Incorporating ring roads, expressways, regional highways, and a high density of exits into a transnational system, the Belgian network is a "hybrid" highway system.