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Material Cultures

A group about the materialities of culture and the culture of materials.

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Books on Material Culture 6 Replies

Hello Everyone - can anyone recommend any key texts for studying material culture that you feel are indispensable or useful? Very much appreciated...Continue

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Ritual and Fabric

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ROADS & ANTHROPOLOGY

Roads and Anthropology Special Issue of Mobilities Edited by D. Dalakoglou & P. HarveyRoads elicit powerful temporal imaginaries, holding out the promise (or threat) of future connectivity, while…Continue

Started by Dimitris Dalakoglou Sep 14, 2012.

THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL DEFINITION OF MATERIAL CULTURE (by Nold Egenter)

ON THE WAY TOWARDS AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PREHISTORYMost archaeologists and prehistorians are not fully aware of the 'historistic handicaps' of their field. One of the few who clearlysaw these…Continue

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Started by Nold Egenter Oct 27, 2010.

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Comment by Dimitris Dalakoglou on February 10, 2016 at 3:27pm

EASA Panel on Roads

The winding roads: infrastructures and technologies of (im)mobility

Location [TBD]
Date and Start Time [TBD] at [TBD]

Convenors

Dan Podjed (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU)) email
Dimitris Dalakoglou (Vrije University Amsterdam) email
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Short Abstract

How do we develop and use transport technologies and design the infrastructure? How did we plan, understand, and interpret roads and routes? And how will we travel and make the technologies of mobility (and immobility) in the future?

Long Abstract

Spatial mobility is an essential part of human existence in the world that has determinant role in shaping human society and culture. The technologies and infrastructures of spacial mobility change over history radically causing a metamorphosis on social organisation and cultural formations. Given the large population flows that still going on e.g. around the Mediterranean basin and which employ some of the most primordial techniques of mobility (e.g. walking) or e.g. the more common but massive phenomenon of commuting from increasingly larger distances on daily basis; questions around the future of techniques and technologies of mobility are posed anew. How do we develop and use transport technologies and design the infrastructure? How did we plan, understand, and interpret roads and routes in the past? And how will we travel and make the technologies of mobility (and immobility) in the future? These are some of the questions of the panel, focused on legacies and futures of transportation, infrastructures and mobility. In this panel we are looking for ethnographic examples and theoretical explanations about the modes of travel and types of infrastructure and what they can tell us about people and their practices.

http://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2016/panels.php5?PanelID=4348 

Comment by Valentini on March 25, 2014 at 4:38pm

Hey everyone,

I'd like to share an article I wrote based on an undergraduate research project on material culture. It is about childhood toys and play practices that persist into adulthood, so it deals a lot with the importance of objects in social relations, family storytelling, and age/growing old. You can read it here, I'd love to hear feedback!

http://www.materialworldblog.com/2014/03/tracing-continuity-between...

 

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