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Experiencing Materiality: Museum Perspectives

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Experiencing Materiality

Museum Perspectives

Valentina Gamberi

196 pages, 18 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-984-6 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (February 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-035-9 eBook Not Yet Published

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Representing a cutting-edge study of the junction between theoretical anthropology, material culture studies, religious studies and museum anthropology, this study examines the interaction between the human and the nonhuman in a museum setting usually defined as ‘non-Western’, ‘non-scientific’ and ‘religious.’ Combining an on-site analysis of exhibitive spaces with archival research and interviews with museum curators, the chapters highlight contradictions of museum practices, and suggests that museum practitioners use museum spaces and artefacts as a way of formulating new theoretical stances in material culture studies, thus viewing museums as producers of theories together with affective engagements.

Valentina Gamberi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology in Academia, Taipei, Taiwan.  Her English articles are featured in Culture and Religion, the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Material Religion and Environmental Philosophy.

Subject: Museum Studies Cultural Studies (General) Anthropology (General)


List of illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: Materiality or the Problem

Chapter 1. What Thing Is This? Indian Storytelling Scrolls
Chapter 2. Curatorial Understanding of the Sacred within Museum Walls: Metalogues in Dialogue with Scholarship
Chapter 3. Manipulating Sacred Force: Scrolls and Copies
Chapter 4. Material Engagements in the Colony: Legacies and Changes in Perspective
Chapter 5. Reconstructing the Sacred: Temples or Museum Galleries?
Chapter 6. When Religious Power is Limiting: The World Museum of Liverpool
Chapter 7. For a Reappraisal of Phenomenology: A Perspectival Approach to Materiality

Conclusions: Returning to Museums

Appendix to the Pictures

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