It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Judy Attfield, one of the pioneers of contemporary material culture studies who did so much to demonstrate the value of this approach. Judy started her academic career within a discipline called design history that was largely devotedContinue Reading

Fabio Gygi, PhD Student, Anthropology, University College London and University of Tokyo My project is concerned with accumulation of things, attachment to things and with what psychiatrists call ‘hoarding’. My initial interest was whether by reformulating a psychiatric concern with deviance in terms of material culture, a broader understanding ofContinue Reading

This blog site and relates to work Mary Stevens is doing on the new museum for immigration in Paris. It’s a good example of how Phd students can use blogs to discuss and share their research. Michael Rowlands, Professor in Material Culture, University College LondonContinue Reading

Barbara Kirschenblatt Gimblett, NYU Mitzvah Kinder figurines, right to left: Malkeleh, Moishy, Totty (Father), Mommy, and Baby Chaim. “The ‘Mitzvah Kinder’ has been designed to represent a Yiddishe family in the world of children’s play and imagination. Our charming characters made of soft lightweight rubber, makes them safe, durable andContinue Reading

Victor Buchli, Dept of Anthropology, UCL It is with great sadness to have to report that Bruce Trigger died at the beginning of this month. Bruce Graham Trigger (born June 18, 1937 died December 1, 2006) was a Canadian archaeologist. Born in Preston, Ontario, he received a doctorate in archaeologyContinue Reading

Gabrielle Berlinger, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University and editorial assistant, Museum Anthropology With the close of Chinese year of the pig (2007), the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) will also close its exhibition galleries on the 2nd floor of a retired, century-old school building. It willContinue Reading

Review of: “A Brief History of Globalization” by, Alex MacGillivray (2006); New York, Carroll & Graff Richard Wilk teaches at the University of Indiana This is not an academic book, written instead by an activist with a decidedly anti-globalization position. Nevertheless, because it takes a historical perspective, and sees globalizationContinue Reading