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Yes, thanks for this great list. Here is a link to short essays about objects in the Syracuse University Plastics Collection that I wrote a few years ago when I curated...they are intended to mix technical, material, economic, social and aesthetic considerations. Unfortunately the position ended before I could write more....See: http://plastics.syr.edu/page-essays.php
Carrie-- This is a great list. Sorry for coming in late on this, I was away. But i want to chime in and add two of my own works. These account for objects but also the relationships people have with them, which ultimately is why they are even objects in the first place.
Thank you to everyone on the list who provided such smart and generous suggestions—there are too many of you to name but I appreciate all of your assistance. I have compiled a list here of the texts and other resources recommended by the group. I hope others find these many suggestions helpful as well.
Since it's already April 2 here in China, I had to think twice before I continued reading! Thanks for the laugh, which is, by the way, the focus of a new subgroup of Immaterial Studies: Chuckle Culture.
Have you used digitized archival photographs as historical evidence in your scholarly activities?
I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Information & Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill. As part of my doctoral research, I am seeking to conduct interviews with individuals who have used digitized photographs in their scholarly activities (teaching, publications, presentations, or related research pursuits).
As I’m sure many of you have read, the President of the Material Culture Association, Dr. Prudence Fleeting, has announced a radical shift for our beloved organization. In her recent blog post she writes, “It is with great optimism that I announce we will be changing the name and remit of the MCA to the ICCY. A shifting of focus within academia as well as in the broader culture to the digital, the virtual, compels us to adapt from away from the study of bits of pieces to the study of bits and bytes.
In 1782 the 28-gun, sixth-rate frigate HMS Solebay was destroyed by her crew to prevent her capture by the French in a naval engagement off the island of Nevis. In 2010, 228 years after her destruction, a small team of researchers located Solebay’s remains. A year later underwater archaeologist Chris Cartellone studied the site to see what the material culture remaining on the sea floor could tell us about the past. Cartellone shared his experiences through his online project journal “Nevis Shipwrecks: Project Solebay” on the Museum of Underwater
Our colleagues over at H-PCAACA recently hosted a Space in Popular Culture month. It happened to coincide with the opening of a new space exhibit at the museum where I work so I wrote a modest meditation about an object from spacey popular culture moving to a museum. It's called, and I hope you'll enjoy, "The 7,000 Pound Astronaut in the Room."
Occasional Objects series
The scrolling images to left are from H-Material-Culture's "Occasional Objects" series--a periodic informal examination of objects sent in by our subscribers. View the full collection, read the essays, and add your contribution here in Occasional Objects.