Founding Editors


Tech guru (and contributor)

  • Matthew Hockenberry, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University and MIT Media Lab


  • Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute
  • Alison Clarke, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
  • Gabriella Coleman, Art History (and Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy), Mcgill University
  • Inge Daniels, Anthropology, Oxford University
  • Fernando Dominguez Rubio, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Elizabeth Edwards, Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Adam Fish, Sociology, Lancaster University
  • Aaron Glass, Bard Graduate Center
  • Heather Horst, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nina Hien, CUNY/NYU
  • Patrick Laviolette, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Fiona McDonald, Anthropology, University College London
  • Fred Myers, Anthropology, New York University
  • Patricia Spyer, Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Leiden University
  • Graeme Were, Museum Studies, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Paul Williams, Ralph Applebaum Associates

Why Material World and why now
Material World is an interactive, online hub for contemporary debates, discussion, thinking and research centred on material and visual culture. It is the brainchild of scholars working in the anthropology department of University College London, but aims to create a new international community of academics, students, curators, artists and anyone else with particular interests in material and visual culture.
We will use this digital framework to post exhibition, book and other reviews; discuss key topics; develop online reading groups and symposia; post links to images, objects and collections; highlight cutting edge research and fieldwork, conferences, meetings and other events; develop teaching resources and syllabi; and encourage student participation. In short we will start the posting but we want YOU to participate in making this a genuinely interactive and lively space
Editorial policy, values, and copyright
Material World believes in high quality debate and discussions in all areas of material and visual culture. The site is managed by an editorial committee who elicit and post content both from themselves and from a wider community of contributors. We encourage contribution from anyone who wants to engage in discussion to send us content and the comments fields are publicly open and accessible. We believe that web entries should be honest, respectfuland fair, and be written carefully and thoughtfully.
Each authored post reflects the opinions of its author rather than of the editorial committee, and remains the intellectual property of its author. All text, sounds, films and images have been posted with the understanding that their authorship will be acknowledged and that they will be made public on the world wide web and we ask that contributors take time to think about copyright and related rights when posting images or text. We ask readers of the site to make the appropriate acknowledgements if quoting, citing, ripping or copying any content.
The editorial committee reserves the right to edit content or remove comments if they are deemed offensive, obscene or inappropriate to the remit of the site.
Our Occassional Paper Series is peer-reviewed and indexed by the Library of Congress. Our ISSN number is ISSN 2158-5660

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