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It’s (im)material: Packaging, Social Media and Iconic Brands in the New Russia

Graham H. Roberts, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense,



The aim of this contribution is to contribute to the growing literature on material culture and nostalgia in Russia and Eastern Europe.  In particular, I should like to take up the central themes of two articles published recently on Material World by Makarenko and Borgerson (2009) and Glass (2012). I wish to build on these studies in two ways, however.  First, I intend to look at alcohol, at how certain post-Soviet Russian alcohol brands use packaging to appeal to consumers’ patriotism.  Second, I wish to draw parallels between the material culture of packaging on the one hand, and the immaterial culture of social media networks on the other.

It could be argued, of course, that packaging is not ‘material culture’ in the usual sense of the word.  …

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Sounding Stones

Molly Johannson and Sarah McFalls, UCL Anthropology

This posting is one part of a wider project called Properties and Social Imagination – a collaboration between UCL Anthropology and Artists working at the School for Material and Visual Culture at Massey University, New Zealand. The project took several objects from the UCL Ethnography Collections and MA students and faculty conducted a series of experimental research projects, which explored the material properties, qualities and affordances of the collection.

This posting focuses on a Green Stone adze, from Papua New Guinea, and forms part of a wider essay which will shortly be published as a Material World Occasional Paper Series.


Over the course of the project we realised our interactions with the adze brought life to all types of stone, and subsequently also animated our surroundings.…

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Funded Doctorate in Visual Culture

A funded PhD offer in the field of Visual Culture at the Dept. of Communication Studies (University of Antwerp) within a project entitled ‘Cultural Displays and Encounters in Globalizing Urban Areas’.

The Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Group (ViSMeC) of the University of Antwerp seeks a Full-time Researcher/PhD student with an interest in Visual Urban Culture for the FWO-project: ‘Cultural Displays and Encounters in Globalizing Urban Areas’.

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Working in participatory ways with ethnographic collections: Call for case studies!

The Museum Ethnographers Group (MEG) , as part of their Arts Council-funded Engaging Curators project is looking for examples of the innovative, ethical, participatory use of ethnographic collections in community projects in museums. We want to discover if any case study materials already exist or policy documents about working with local and overseas communities.

 Please contact Dr Bernadette Lynch before Friday 14 June 2013 with information (a selection of case studies will be published on the MEG website and disseminated via the Arts Council).



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Horniman Talks: Food, Drink and Feasting

From tea to gingerbread, this series of talks is inspired by the wonderful food, drink and feasting objects in our world collections. Respected food historians and leading anthropologists will provide fascinating insights into objects we’ve uncovered as part ofCollections People Stories: Anthropology Reconsidered – an exciting three year project focused on reviewing and reassessing the global significance of the Horniman’s anthropology collections from Africa, the Americas, Oceania, Europe and Asia.


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Kids love stuff

It probably has happened to you. One day, you find by chance in a random box one of those treasured possessions of your childhood: a broken die-cast car, a puppet, a book…Magical stuff that once was so powerful that it could suspend any distinction between dreams and reality.

What is fascinating about these objects is not only how they can enfold the memories of an entire world, or how they have managed to leave an indelible dent in ourselves, but also how much they can tell about us, and about the hopes, desires and dreams of those who bought them for us. For toys are also the stuff of which many expectations, norms and rules are made.

It is probably this fascination with toys, and their dual role as one of the most intimate and at the same time most social objects, populating our lives what has led the Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti to spend 18 months photographing kids around the world with their most treasured possessions.…

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3-year PhD Scholarship (Understanding Mobile and Social Media in the Pacific) – Deadline 31 October 2012

School of Media and Communication, RMIT University Australia

Application deadline: 31 October 2012

This three-year scholarship is for a PhD candidate will contribute to the fieldwork for an ethnographic study of mobile and social media in 1-2 Pacific countries. S/he will spend at least 12 months over the three years of candidature documenting, archiving and analysing mobile and social communication practices and infrastructure. As a discrete case study, but key component of the comparative study, the PhD candidate will participate in and contribute to a recently funded Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant “Mobilising Media for Sustainable Outcomes in the Pacific Region” (see below for project summary). They will also become a PhD Member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre:

Eligible candidates will have a BA, BA with Honours or MA/MSC in Communication, Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Informatics, Media Studies or other related discipline.…

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AHRC PhD Studentship Museum Studies

The University of Brighton and the University of Chichester Consortium are inviting applications for one doctoral award in Museum Studies to commence in January 2013. This studentship is part of the Consortium’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Block Grant Partnership (Capacity Building) secured in 2011.

Award: Museum Studies PhD (based at the University of Brighton or the University of Chichester)

The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of the availability of the research culture in each of the collaborating institutions. The two universities will explore collaborative supervisory arrangements where such arrangements are appropriate to the student’s proposed research project.

Specialist research training modules will be made available through each university’s masters provision including the University of Brighton’s MRes in Arts and Cultural Research which will provide the core research methodology training.…

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