Unlike our old H-Material-Culture listserve, our new home in the H-Net Commons has the wonderful ability to accommodate blogs. I’m not 100% sure what to do with this, but I have some ideas in early stages and I’m open to hearing more.
The H-Net Network on Material Culture and Vernacular Landscapes and Artifact Preservation will promote and support the study of objects, buildings, sites, structures, landscapes and other material cultural productions as part of the visual record of life.
We are currently seeking reviewers for a large backlog of books on material culture! Please consider becoming a reviewer for H-Material Culture by visiting this page and filling out the form to be included in our reviewer database.
We welcome announcements, CFP's, queries, contributions, and discussions of all things material! To add yours, click the orange "Start a Discussion" button above this text.
Interested in writing for our Occasional Objects blog? Reach out to the editorial team using the link on the right. We also welcome totally new projects. If you have an idea for a new on-going feature or a one time resource for the field, let us know. If you've got a grand idea, we have people who can help make it happen. Podcasts? Video tours? Image galleries? Digitization projects? We can do those, and more! Let us know what you're thinking.
And we tweet, too! https://twitter.com/H_Mat_Culture
On the right side of the homepage under H-Material Culture Resources you can now find a link that reads “Material Culture Book Reviews.” Clicking it will open a page with a link that will take you to every book review published on H-Net about books that deal with material culture! This link will update automatically, so every time you come back and click on it the list will have added any new material culture book reviews. Cool, eh?
Well, yes...and no...
Objects of the Week images and descriptions can be sent using the "Create New Discussion Post" link. Images can be put directly into the post. The email address I offered earliar can also be used, but this may be easier.
We could all use some support with our teaching in a world where courses on material culture often feel like token nods in departments of other disciplines and fellow Materialists are not around. I propose collecting resources to enrich our teaching and strengthen our field. H-MATERIAL CULTURE has some and will collect more, but to really build and maintain this resource, I first send out this call for an Education Editor for H-MATERIAL CULTURE.
Our field is a bit dispersed and sometimes work in it can get swept away by larger disciplines. As a friendly, supportive bit of a counter to this, I’d like to periodically post introductions to graduate work going on in the field of Material Culture Studies. I think these will nicely help grad students connect with others with similar work in mind, maybe connect with new resources, and get some feedback and support. It will also give us all a glimpse of the bright and growing future of our field!
I’d like to start a new forum on this site for discussion about objects. Each installment (every week or two, depending on how this goes) will feature one exemplary object and a brief essay about its significance, however you define that! The objects could have cultural, aesthetic, historical, or technological significance. They could be objects that have had widespread impact, or deep personal value to someone.
The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is now accepting proposals from prospective graduate student participants.
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.