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As they take on complex issues of cultural heritage, legality, and taste, these essays bring to life works that are often consigned to either the imperial past or conceptual limbo and introduce a fresh framework through which to engage with ...

Author: John North Hopkins

Publisher: Menil Foundation

ISBN: 0300250878

Category: Art

Page: 240

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A revealing look at ancient art in the Menil Collection that addresses the problem of objects lacking archaeological context This innovative presentation of ancient objects in the Menil Collection offers a new model for understanding works from antiquity that lack archaeological context. Editors John North Hopkins, Sarah Kielt Costello, and Paul R. Davis with 11 additional authors employ a creative mixture of iconography, technical studies, and known provenance to gain insight into both the meaning of the objects themselves and what they can teach us more broadly about archaeology, art history, and collecting practices. As they take on complex issues of cultural heritage, legality, and taste, these essays bring to life works that are often consigned to either the imperial past or conceptual limbo and introduce a fresh framework through which to engage with the multilayered history that these objects represent.
2020-07-21 By John North Hopkins

Exploring the relationship between museums and biographies, this collection of essays examines examples from the early 19th century to the present day.

Author: Kate Hill

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843837275

Category: History

Page: 338

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Exploring the relationship between museums and biographies, this collection of essays examines examples from the early 19th century to the present day.
2012 By Kate Hill

Actors, Objects, Institutions Christian Forstner, Mark Walker ... Drawing from Hans Peter Hahn's critique of the “object biography” (Hahn 2015), one might say that not only are objects “fragments and assemblages”, but that this ...

Author: Christian Forstner

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030485092

Category: Science

Page: 324

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This book sheds new light on the biographical approach in the history of physics by including the biographies of scientific objects, institutions, and concepts. What is a biography? Can biographies also be written for non-human subjects like scientific instruments, institutions or concepts? The respective chapters of this book discuss these controversial questions using examples from the history of physics. By approaching biography as metaphor, it transcends the boundaries between various perspectives on the history of physics, and enriches our grasp of the past.
2020-07-22 By Christian Forstner

With examples from the natural and social sciences, ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries, this book explores the ways in which scientific objects are both real and historical.

Author: Lorraine Daston

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226136728

Category: Philosophy

Page: 307

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Looks at how whole domains of phenomena come into being and sometimes pass away as objects of scientific study. With examples from the natural and social sciences, ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries, this book explores the ways in which scientific objects are both real and historical.
2000-06-15 By Lorraine Daston

Biographical Objects is an ethnography of persons which takes the form of a study of things, showing how the object is not only a metaphor for the self but a pivot for reflexivity and introspection, a tool for autobiographic elaboration, a ...

Author: Janet Hoskins

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415920124

Category: Social Science

Page: 213

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
1998 By Janet Hoskins

In Karin Dannehl's outline of object biographies—production, distribution, consumption —the collecting of objects after their initially purposed consumption represents a return to distribution, and their collecting by a museum, ...

Author: Sally M. Promey

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300187359

Category: Religion

Page: 704

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The result of a collaborative, multiyear project, this groundbreaking book explores the interpretive worlds that inform religious practice and derive from sensory phenomena. Under the rubric of "making sense," the studies assembled here ask, How have people used and valued sensory data? How have they shaped their material and immaterial worlds to encourage or discourage certain kinds or patterns of sensory experience? How have they framed the sensual capacities of images and objects to license a range of behaviors, including iconoclasm, censorship, and accusations of blasphemy or sacrilege? Exposing the dematerialization of religion embedded in secularization theory, editor Sally Promey proposes a fundamental reorientation in understanding the personal, social, political, and cultural work accomplished in religion’s sensory and material practice. Sensational Religion refocuses scholarly attention on the robust material entanglements often discounted by modernity’s metaphysic and on their inextricable connections to human bodies, behaviors, affects, and beliefs.
2014-06-24 By Sally M. Promey

... the fashion for designating histories as biographies, as in Chicago: A Biography (2009) or Biographies of Scientific Objects (2000), behind which lie theoretical considerations ('object biography' is now a branch of cultural and ...

Author: Zachary Leader

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191081361

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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'Life-writing' is a generic term meant to encompass a range of writings about lives or parts of lives, or which provide materials out of which lives or parts of lives are composed. These writings include not only memoir, autobiography, biography, diaries, autobiographical fiction, and biographical fiction, but letters, writs, wills, written anecdotes, depositions, marginalia, lyric poems, scientific and historical writings, and digital forms (including blogs, tweets, Facebook entries). On Life-Writing offers a sampling of approaches to the study of life-writing, introducing readers to something of the range of forms the term encompasses, their changing fortunes and features, the notions of 'life,' 'self' and 'story' which help to explain these changing fortunes and features, recent attempts to group forms, the permeability of the boundaries between forms, the moral problems raised by life-writing in all forms, but particularly in fictional forms, and the relations between life-writing and history, life-writing and psychoanalysis, life-writing and philosophy. The essays mostly focus on individual instances rather than fields, whether historical, theoretical or generic. Generalizations are grounded in particulars. For example, the role of the 'life-changing encounter,' a frequent trope in literary life-writing, is pondered by Hermione Lee through an account of a much-storied first meeting between the philosopher Isaiah Berlin and the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; James Shapiro examines the history of the 'cradle to grave' life-narrative, as well as the potential distortions it breeds, by focusing on Shakespeare biography, in particular attempts to explain Shakespeare's so-called 'lost years'.
2015-10-08 By Zachary Leader

As one of the few autobiographers invited to this biography conference , I do wish to emphasize that autobiography is the opposite of biography — as opposite as subject is from object . Biography is an act of literary reconstruction ...

Author: David Suchoff

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134714421

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
2016-02-04 By David Suchoff

These changes also mark points of contact between the maker/seller/ purchaser/user etc., and all can be structured as part of a 'biography'. There are different types of object biography: economic, social and technical, ...

Author: Faith Pennick Morgan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004353466

Category: History

Page: 288

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Dress and Personal Appearance in Late Antiquity. The Clothing of the Middle and Lower Classes examines written, art historical and archaeological evidence to understand the way that cloth and clothing was made, embellished, cared for and recycled during this period.
2018-02-05 By Faith Pennick Morgan

Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt takes New Kingdom Egypt (1539-1070 BC) as its starting point and considers how excavated objects reveal the complex ways that ancient Egyptians experienced their material world.

Author: Lynn Meskell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000181289

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Egypt looms large in the Western imagination. Whether it is our attraction to pharaonic art, the pyramids or practices of mummification, Egypts unique understanding of materiality speaks to us across space and time. Is it because the ancient Egyptians fetishized material objects that we find their culture captivating today? And what exactly do Egyptian remains tell us about biography, embodiment, memory, materiality, and the self? Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt takes New Kingdom Egypt (1539-1070 BC) as its starting point and considers how excavated objects reveal the complex ways that ancient Egyptians experienced their material world. From life to death, the material world instantiated, reflected and influenced social life and existence for ancient Egyptians. Thus, in Meskells unique approach to the materiality and sensuousness of subjects and objects, we uncover the philosophical, spiritual and human meanings embedded in these cultural artefacts. Meskells book explores the fundamental existential questions that not only preoccupied ancient Egyptians, but continue to fascinate people today. What is the essence of persons and things? How might we understand the situated experiences of material life, the constitution of the object world and its shaping of human experience? How might objects successfully mediate between worlds? In the final analysis, Meskell moves forward through time and examines the consumption and appreciation of these Egyptian material objects in the contemporary world. Materiality is our physical engagement with the world, our medium for inserting ourselves into the fabric of that world and our way of constituting and shaping culture in an embodied and external sense. From that perspective it is very much the domain of anthropology and archaeology.Drawing on a wide range of objects, artefacts, and artwork, from Valley of the Kings through to Las Vegas, Meskell provides an elegant analysis of the aesthetics of ancient Egyptian material culture
2021-01-07 By Lynn Meskell

These unusual, composite artefacts drew upon the rich object biographies of each constituent element, bringing the past into the present, the far into the near, the masculine into the feminine. The abundantly entangled objects, ...

Author: Silvana Di Paolo

Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781784918545

Category: Social Science

Page: 108

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This volume represents a first attempt to conceptualise the construction and use of composite artefacts in the Ancient Near East by looking at the complex relationships between environments, materials, societies and materiality.
2018-05-31 By Silvana Di Paolo

Verkerk 2007 also considers sarcophagi as objects of re-use (rather than for art-historical classification), but from the point of view of the secondary patron rather than 'object biography' per se. For discussions of this approach e.g. ...

Author: Jas Elsner

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110216783

Category: History

Page: 454

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This volumepresents acollection of essays on different aspects of Roman sarcophagi. These varied approaches will produce fresh insights into a subject which is receiving increased interest in English-language scholarship, with a new awareness of the important contribution that sarcophagi can make to the study of the social use and production of Roman art. The book will therefore be a timely addition to existing literature. Metropolitan sarcophagi are the main focus of the volume, which will cover a wide time range from the first century AD to post classical periods (including early Christian sarcophagi and post-classical reception). Other papers will look at aspects of viewing and representation, iconography, and marble analysis. There will be an Introduction written by the co-editors.
2010-12-15 By Jas Elsner

It is often assumed that an object's biography provided a full and complete account of the way the object had been used . It does not take account of the ways people actively construct their past . In fact , like memory , the biography ...

Author: Zoe Devlin

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015069036971

Category: Social Science

Page: 148

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This study uses sociological theories of personal memory to show how Anglo-Saxon burial practices enabled the grieving process, and ensured the remembrance of the dead.
2007 By Zoe Devlin

The biography of the object has an extraordinary capacity to incorporate human material. People approach the object at a crosssection of the conveyer belt. Every segment introduces a new group of people. Quantitatively, it can track the ...

Author: Wilhelm Hemecker

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110516692

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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This textbook is an anthology of significant theoretical discussions of biography as a genre and as a literary-historical practice. Covering the 18th to the 21st centuries, the reader includes programmatic texts by authors such as Herder, Carlyle, Dilthey, Proust, Freud, Kracauer, Woolf and Bourdieu. Each text is accompanied by a commentary placing its contribution in critical context. Ideal for use in undergraduate seminars, this reader may also be of interest for academic researchers in the areas of literary studies and history aiming to get an overview of historical questions in biographical theory. This revised and updated English language edition also includes new translations of texts by J. G. Herder and Stefan Zweig, as well as an introductory discussion on the possibility of a ‘theory of biography’.
2017-08-07 By Wilhelm Hemecker

It soon becomes clear, however, that this biographer is neither disinterested nor objective. What he offers is a pseudo-objective approach to biography. He contradicts his posture of distance as early as his first recorded conversation, ...

Author: Timo Müller

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 9783826043529

Category: Modernism (Literature)

Page: 301

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2010 By Timo Müller

Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories is a wide-ranging collection of essays exploring the stories that can be told about objects and those who choose to collect them.

Author: Sandra Dudley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136319198

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 710

Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories is a wide-ranging collection of essays exploring the stories that can be told about objects and those who choose to collect them. Examining objects and collecting in different historical, social and institutional contexts, an international, interdisciplinary group of authors consider the meanings and values with which objects are imputed and the processes and implications of collecting. This includes considering the entanglement of objects and collectors alike in webs of social relations, the creation of value and social change; object biographies and the stories – often conflicting – that objects come to represent; and the strategies used to reconstruct and retell the narratives of objects. The book includes considerations of individual objects and groups of objects, such as domestic interiors, Chinese Buddhist artefacts, novelty tea-pots, Scottish stone monuments, African ironworking, a postcolonial painting and memorials to those killed on the roads in Australia. It also contains chapters dealing with particular collectors – including Charles Bell and Beatrix Potter – and representational techniques.
2012-06-14 By Sandra Dudley

I use the term historical here to reflect the fact that I will be engaging in some historical work and archival material about a specific object , the prostate , but I call my work a cultural biography rather than a social history ...

Author: Ericka Johnson

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262543040

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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What contemporary prostate angst tells us about how we understand masculinity, aging, and sexuality. We are all suffering an acute case of prostate angst. Men worry about their own prostates and those of others close to them; women worry about the prostates of the men they love. The prostate--a gland located directly under the bladder--lurks on the periphery of many men's health issues, but as an object of anxiety it goes beyond the medical, affecting how we understand masculinity, aging, and sexuality. In A Cultural Biography of the Prostate, Ericka Johnson investigates what we think the prostate is and what we use the prostate to think about, examining it in historical, cultural, social, and medical contexts. Johnson shows that our ways of talking about, writing about, imagining, and imaging the prostate are a mess of entangled relationships. She describes current biomedical approaches, reports on the "discovery" of the prostate in the sixteenth century and its later appearance as both medical object and discursive trope, and explores present-day diagnostic practices for benign prostate hyperplasia--which transform a process (urination) into a thing (the prostate). Turning to the most anxiety-provoking prostate worry, prostate cancer, Johnson discusses PSA screening and the vulnerabilities it awakens (or sometimes silences) and then considers the presence of the absent prostate--how the prostate continues to affect lives after it has been removed in the name of health.
2021-09-07 By Ericka Johnson

That RM and LM technology might blur existing debates within object semantics and importantly also our relationship ... Kopytoff's notion of the object biography and Duchamp's quite conceptual scrutiny of commodification use-values, ...

Author: David Bihanic

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319130187

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 284

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At the crossroads of various disciplines, this collective work examines the possibility of a new end-user “engagement” in ongoing digital/technological products and services development. It provides an overview of recent research specifically focused on the user’s democratic participation and empowerment. It also enables readers to better identify the main opportunities of participatory design, a concept which encourages the blurring of the role between user and designer. This allows people to escape their status as “end-user” and to elevate themselves to the level of creator. This book explores new avenues for rethinking the processes and practices of corporate innovation in order to cope with current socio-economic and technological changes. In so doing, it aims to help companies renew industrial models that allow them to design and produce new ranges of technological products and services by giving the user an active role in the development process, far beyond the basic role of consumer. Intended for designers, design researchers and scientists interested in innovation and technology management, this book also provides a valuable resource for professionals involved in technology-based innovation processes.
2015-01-12 By David Bihanic

... with the same ardour in most of the schemes then in operation for extending a knowledge of the gospel of peace in foreign countries , especially those which had for their object the translation and circulation of the Word of God .

Author: Robert Chambers


ISBN: MINN:31951002299550L


Page: 652

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1855 By Robert Chambers

The ecological approach in Sørensen's chapter is understood as a mode of caring for and attending to objects “that ... and sites something more than ours – something shaped also by other-than-human histories and object biographies.

Author: Torgeir Rinke Bangstad

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351587822

Category: Social Science

Page: 426

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Heritage Ecologies presents an ecological understanding of heritage that furthers a concern for how its making and unmaking always involves a wide range of human and other-than-human actors. Recognizing the entangled nature-cultures of heritage is essential in the Anthropocene era, where uncertainty and rapid environmental change force us to recast common conceptions of inheritance and to envision new strategies for preservation. Heritage sites are meant to be open and shared spaces, and a recurring argument in the cases presented here is that this openness inevitably also overrides our selections, orders and appreciations. Through a diverse range of case studies, the chapters collected in this book aim to explore the affects and memories engendered by diverse heritage ecologies where humans are neither the sole makers nor the only inheritors. The common call is that the experiential, perceptive and informational plenitude enabled through contributions of other-than-human actors is key to an ecological rethinking of heritage in the twenty-first century. Heritage Ecologies is unique in bringing heritage studies into closer proximity with a wide variety of non-representational and object-oriented theories and is an important volume for students and researchers in archaeology and heritage studies.
2021-08-24 By Torgeir Rinke Bangstad

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