The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

CFP/Publications: Mundane Stuff

From H Material-Culture (note the short deadline):

From: Phillip Vannini []

I am seeking proposals of original writings for a forthcoming edited book tentatively titled: "Mundane Stuff: Ethnographic Approaches to Technology as Material Culture." The deadline for proposal submission is September 1, 2007. Completed chapters would be due some time in the
spring of 2008. Serious publisher interest in this book has already been expressed. The writing is intended to be classroom friendly, though the intended audience is comprised mainly of graduate students and scholars.

Studying technology as everyday life material culture means demystifying
technology and approaching technics (i.e. material objects) and
techniques (i.e. tactics, strategies) as pragmatic ways of attributing
meaning to the world while simultaneously shaping it and being shaped by
it. Such as an approach calls for reflexive, creative, situated
ethnographic research strategies which employ both abstract
interdisciplnary knowledge and mundane practices of meaning-making while
attempting to understand both users and material objects.

I am seeking three types of proposed chapters.
1. Theoretical chapters which provide both an overview and
reflection on one of the following analytical perspectives on technology
as everyday life material culture: symbolic interactionism,
actor-network theory, cultural studies (broadly defined), and
phenomenology. Required length: 5,500 words.
2. Methodological chapters which offer both overview and reflection
on the ethnographic study and representation of technology as material
culture from the angle of one of the following approaches: performance
ethnography, visual ethnography, narrative ethnography, analytical
ethnography. Required length: 5,500 words.
3. Empirical chapters which focus on the reporting of original
ethnographic research on technology as material culture. Possible
topics are limitless. For example, they may include the study of
domestic objects, means of transportation, clothing and other
body-modifying/adorning objects, workplace objects, toys, landscape,
etc. Approximate required length: 7,500 words.

If you are interested please submit a tentative title, 100/150 word
abstract, and author bio to Phillip Vannini:
or simply contact me to discuss ideas or ask for more information.

Phillip Vannini, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Communication and Culture
2005 Sooke Road
Royal Roads University
Victoria BC V9B 5Y2
Phone: (250) 391-2600 ext. 4477 (no voice mail)
Fax: (250) 391-2694

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