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Occasional Paper No 4: Properties and Social Imagination

Haidy Geismar, UCL Anthropology

We are pleased to announce the latest issue of our Occasional Paper Series as well as the relaunch of the site with new and improved design by our newest editor, Matt Hockenberry.

Properties and Social Imagination is a book length project that drew on explorations and experiments by students and staff working with UCL’s Ethnography Collections.

The project has drawn together Masters and PhD students, staff, and a team of scholars and artists based in the College for Creative Arts at Massey University. Our primary focus is UCL’s ethnographic collections and we have explored the dynamic ways in which the formal qualities of stone, wood and cloth create new cultural sensibilities and new collaborative research practices. Our projects instantiates the dynamism of collections-based research and presents a number of visual projects inspired by these processes, demonstrating that collections are not static but continually in motion.…

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Occasional Paper No. 3: Space and Place in a Disaster Landscape – the phenomenology of Hurricane Katrina recovery in Waveland, Mississippi

Announcing the third of our Occasional Paper Series:

Space and Place in a Disaster Landscape: the phenomenology of Hurricane Katrina recovery in Waveland, Mississippi

By Sabrina Bradford and Abby Loebenberg

Sabrina Bradford is a senior Anthropology student enrolled in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. She is a native of Waveland, Mississippi and has been present for every hurricane that has struck the town since 1991, including Hurricane Katrina. She and her family survived Katrina’s surge, remaining in their Waveland home, which received substantial structural damages as a result of the surge waters that inundated it.  This paper was drawn from the experiences and recovery process of that event.

Abby Loebenberg is a Barksdale Fellow at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi.

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Occasional Paper No. 2: A Citizen’s Guide to Plastic Pollution

[Moved from the initial Publication date of January 1st]
We are pleased to announce the publication of our second Occasional Paper, A Citizen’s Guide to Plastic Pollution, Max Liboiron, of NYU Media, Culture and Communication. (ISSN 2158-5660)

A Citizen’s Guide to Plastic Pollution
Plastic pollutes in a variety of ways, from leaching chemicals into our bodies and the environment to ending up in the world’s oceans and being ingested by many marine animals. This larger issue is punctuated by smaller questions: can I eat out of microwaved plastic? What is BPA and how do I avoid it?

The Citizen’s Guide to Plastic Pollution is a presentation and a manual. The presentation discusses how plastic pollutes your body and the environment.…

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Announcing Our Inaugural Occasional Paper and our new Occasional Paper Series

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Material World Occasional Paper Series, in which we make available longer, more formal texts (and other forms suitable for digital publishing) that would not otherwise be widely accessible and which we feel develop the critical framework on material and visual culture that we aim to promote through Material World Blog.
Our Occasional Paper Series is peer reviewed and is indexed as a serial by the Library of Congress as:
Material World Occasional Papers Series
ISSN 2158-5660
Our inaugural paper is by Dr. Jane Anderson (UMASS) and Dr. Gregory Younging (UBC) on the use of cultural protocols in protecting indigenous knowledge. The paper was prepared for a Canadian Public Art Funders Professional Development Meeting on Aboriginal Arts.…

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Call for Occasional Paper Series

We launched our Occasional Paper Series (ISSN 2158-5660) in 2010 with the intention that it would provide a novel, peer-reviewed, forum in which to publish research that would be hard to publish in the conventional home of an academic journal, but that was more extensive or rigorous than a blog entry. Since then, we’ve published a white paper on cultural protocols, a multimedia guide to plastic pollution and citizen activism, a paper (written by an undergraduate) about the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on Waveland, LA, and an extensive book of experimentation inside UCL’s Ethnographic Collections.

We are actively seeking further submissions to continue harnessing the power of the web to publish alternative and interesting things. Submissions can include:

  1. Alternative writing formats
  2. Photo essays
  3. Sound and Video
  4. Comics, Manga, Animations

And so on…

All submissions are peerreviewed by our chief editors or editors at large and will be indexed by the library of congress.…

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Material World Occasional Paper Series – Call

Some time ago I put out a call for papers for our Occasional Paper Series. Indexed by the Library of Congress, this is our attempt to explore the possibilities of thinking about how Material World could also be thought of as an open source, online publication. Since that last call, we’ve migrated the blog to a better platform, and I think we are now in a much better position to explore the possibilities of online publishing.

We are therefore always interested in contributions to the OPS which push the boundaries of our blog-like format. Obviously the broad theme is an engagement with material and visual culture and the development of a thoughtful perspective on the issues this engagement raises. Are you working through the medium of sound, film, or photography?…

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