Teaching Material Culture
The editors of transformations seek articles (5,000 – 10,000 words) and media reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. – 3,000 to 5,000 words) that explore the significance and uses of material culture in a variety of pedagogical—from the classroom to the museum—and disciplinary contexts—literature, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, folklore, history, psychology, sociology, art, photography, geography, religion, working-class studies, ethnic studies, cultural studies, science, and others. Essays should raise questions concerning, for example, authenticity, art, craft, tradition, community, or authority in relationship to the teaching of material culture Multidisciplinary approaches that focus on—or include—discussions of non-Western cultures are especially encouraged. Autobiographical criticism, narrative scholarship, photo-essays, and experimental work are welcome.
Topics might include: teaching material culture in K-12 and higher education; museums and the appropriation and transformation of material culture; gender and technology; the politics and pedagogy of the archive; material culture and folklore; artifacts and identities; material culture and family/domesticity; food rituals/celebrations; the transmission of material culture in diasporic communities; history and interpretation of public spaces; intersections and manifestations of identities; clothes, costumes, fashion, and body politics; religious practices; music and performance; practices and politics of memorializing; the material construction of public events; make-overs and reality television; class and taste; globalization, tourism, and transnationalism.
Send a hard copy in MLA format (6th ed.) and a 250-word abstract to: Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta, Editors, Transformations, New Jersey City University, Hepburn Hall Room 309, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305 OR email submissions and inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email submissions should be sent as attachments in MS Word or Rich Text format. For submission guidelines go to www.njcu.edu/assoc/transformations.
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