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From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time

by Diana E. Marsh Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time is an ethnography that documents the growing friction between the research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century. Marsh describes participant observation...


From Storeroom to Stage

by Alexandra Urdea Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

By examining how folk objects are mobilized in national ideologies, transmissions of personal and family memory, museological discourses, and artistic acts, From Storeroom to Stage explores the role that material...


The Man Who ''Invented'' The Aztec Crystal Skulls

by Jane MacLaren Walsh & Brett Topping Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Eugène Boban began life in humble circumstances in Paris, traveled to the California Gold Rush, and later became a recognized authority on pre-Columbian cultures.  He also invented an entire category of archaeological...


Artifak

by Hugo DeBlock Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

In Vanuatu, commoditization and revitalization of culture and the arts do not necessarily work against each other; both revolve around value formation and the authentication of things. This book investigates...


Sense and Essence

by Birgit Meyer & Mattijs van de Port Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Contrary to popular perceptions, cultural heritage is not given, but constantly in the making: a construction subject to dynamic processes of (re)inventing culture within particular social formations and bound...


Curating Live Arts

by Dena Davida, Marc Pronovost, Véronique Hudon & Jane Gabriels Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

Situated at the crossroads of performance practice, museology, and cultural studies, live arts curation has grown in recent years to become a vibrant interdisciplinary project and a genuine global phenomenon....


Visitors to the House of Memory

by Victoria Bishop Kendzia Berghahn Books (December 15, 2017)

As one of the most visited museums in Germany's capital city, the Jewish Museum Berlin is a key site for understanding not only German-Jewish history, but also German identity in an era of unprecedented ethnic...


Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell

by Liana Chua & Mark Elliott Berghahn Books (March 01, 2013)

One of the most influential anthropological works of the last two decades, Alfred Gell's Art and Agency is a provocative and ambitious work that both challenged and reshaped anthropological understandings of...


Crafting 'The Indian': Knowledge, Desire, and Play in Indianist Reenactment

by Petra Tjitske Kalshoven Berghahn Books (April 01, 2012)

In Europe, Indian hobbyism, or Indianism, has developed out of a strong fascination with Native American life in the 18th and 19th centuries. "Indian hobbyists" dress in homemade replicas of clothing, craft...


Border Aesthetics

by Johan Schimanski & Stephen F. Wolfe Berghahn Books (April 01, 2017)

Few concepts are as central to understanding the modern world as borders, and the now-thriving field of border studies has already produced a substantial literature analyzing their legal, ideological, geographical,...


Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema

by Tim Bergfelder, Lisa Shaw & João Luiz Vieira Berghahn Books (December 01, 2016)

Despite the recent explosion of scholarly interest in "star studies," Brazilian film has received comparatively little attention. As this volume demonstrates, however, the richness of Brazilian stardom extends...


New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies

by Guy Austin Berghahn Books (July 01, 2016)

Through his influential work on cultural capital and social mobility, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has provided critical insights into the complex interactions of power, class, and culture in the...


From Antiquities to Heritage: Transformations of Cultural Memory

by Anne Eriksen Berghahn Books (May 01, 2014)

Eighteenth-century gentleman scholars collected antiquities. Nineteenth-century nation states built museums to preserve their historical monuments. In the present world, heritage is a global concern as well...


Having and Belonging: Homes and Museums in Israel

by Judy Jaffe-Schagen Berghahn Books (April 01, 2016)

The home and the museum are typically understood as divergent, even oppositional, social realms: whereas one evokes privacy and familial intimacy, the other is conceived of as a public institution oriented...


Exhibiting Europe in Museums: Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives, and Representations

by Wolfram Kaiser, Stefan Krankenhagen & Kerstin Poehls Berghahn Books (April 01, 2014)

Museums of history and contemporary culture face many challenges in the modern age. One is how to react to processes of Europeanization and globalization, which require more cross-border cooperation and different...


Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens

by Sabine Hake & Barbara Mennel Berghahn Books (October 01, 2012)

In the last five years of the twentieth century, films by the second and third generation of the so-called German guest workers exploded onto the German film landscape.  Self-confident, articulate, and dynamic,...


The Future of Indigenous Museums: Perspectives from the Southwest Pacific

by Nick Stanley Berghahn Books (June 01, 2007)

Indigenous museums and cultural centres have sprung up across the developing world, and particularly in the Southwest Pacific. They derive from a number of motives, ranging from the commercial to the cultural...


About the Hearth: Perspectives on the Home, Hearth and Household in the Circumpolar North

by David G. Anderson, Robert P. Wishart & Virginie Vate Berghahn Books (August 01, 2013)

Due to changing climates and demographics, questions of policy in the circumpolar north have focused attention on the very structures that people call home. Dwellings lie at the heart of many forms of negotiation....


Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian Art and Culture in the 20<SUP>th</SUP> Century

by Roger Sansi Berghahn Books (December 01, 2007)

One hundred years ago in Brazil the rituals of Candomblé were feared as sorcery and persecuted as crime. Its cult objects were fearsome fetishes. Nowadays, they are Afro-Brazilian cultural works of art, objects...


The Long Way Home: The Meaning and Values of Repatriation

by Paul Turnbull & Michael Pickering Berghahn Books (November 01, 2010)

Indigenous peoples have long sought the return of ancestral human remains and associated artifacts from western museums and scientific institutions. Since the late 1970s their efforts have led museum curators...


Extreme Collecting: Challenging Practices for 21st Century Museums

by Graeme Were & J. C. H. King Berghahn Books (March 01, 2012)

By exploring the processes of collecting, which challenge the bounds of normally acceptable practice, this book debates the practice of collecting 'difficult' objects, from a historical and contemporary perspective;...