Recent obituaries for the late doyen of cultural studies, who also greatly influenced material culture studies, Professor Stuart Hall, have appeared in the Jamaica Observer and the Guardian. A founding member of the New Left Review, Professor Hall is probably best known in the UK as an inaugural member ofContinue Reading

Luciana Martins, Director, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies,Birkbeck College, London The completion in September of a four-year AHRC-funded research project into Andean textiles, Weaving Communities, creates a unique and innovative resource for archaeologists, anthropologists, museum curators, contemporary weavers and the fashion industry. Until now, researchers have had toContinue Reading

A recent article, courtesy of Raymond June (@raymondjune), on a new effort in South Australia Museum which archives and makes accessible 30,000 artefacts of aboriginal material culture in Australia. To learn more about this ambitious new exhibition, read the article here.

Via Fred Myers, NYU Linguists and indigenous communities in the Northern Territory have launched an online dictionary for indigenous sign languages. The Site, http://iltyemiltyem.com/sign/, contains several hundred video clips of signs for public view. You can listen to a radio program about the initiative here: Indigenous sign language on the web –Continue Reading

Great piece on the Big Data movement by Kate Crawford in Foreign Policy entitled “Think Again: Big Data, Why the rise of machines isn’t all its cracked up to be”

From the Jewish Museum Blog: Marc Adelman’s Stelen (Columns) (2007–11) was included in The Jewish Museum exhibitionComposed: Identity, Politics, Sex (Dec. 23, 2011–June 30, 2012). The work comprises a set of photographs Adelman found on a gay dating website. Following a published review of the exhibition, the Museum received complaints from several people whose profile picturesContinue Reading