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The Distributed Effects of Alfred Gell

Distributed Object

Book Review:

Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell.

Edited by Liana Chua and Mark Elliot

Berghahn Books (London & New York), 2013

 

 

By Fiona P. McDonald (University College London)

 

According to Georgina Born in Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell, “we all have our own Alfred Gell” (p. 130). Therefore, I too must admit to having my own Alfred Gell—one more clearly understood to me after exploring an entire volume dedicated to what can best be summarized as profound scholarly reflections on the distributed effects of Alfred Gell’s endeavor to identify an anthropological theory of art in his Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory (1998). Distributed Objects is a captivating pendant piece to Gell’s original publication.…

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Sherlock Holmes: The Father of Material Culture?

Christopher Pinney, UCL

Sherlock Holmes was many things: cocaine addict, violinist extraordinaire, expert on Ceylonese Buddhism, master consulting detective, and accomplished amateur boxer. He was also a published anthropologist of sorts having (as is revealed in The Adventure of the Cardboard Box [1889]) published two short articles on the outer morphology of the human ear in the Anthropological Journal. But was he also a pioneer in Material Culture?

The firmest evidence for this proposition comes from the first chapter of The Sign of Four (1888). Titled “The Science of Deduction” there is much here that lays the ground for Alfred Gell’s later elevation of the Peircean notion of “abduction” as a key element in his theory of a new anthropology of art (Gell was an ardent Sherlockian).  But it is here that Holmes also reveals that several of his “works” were in the process of being translated into French for publication.…

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Call for Papers, Essays and Other Contributions: Anthropology, Ethnography and Artistic Practices

Chamada para artigos, ensaios (audio-)visuais e outros
Prazo final: 01 de Dezembro de 2012

Este dossiê temático dos Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia (CadernosAA) – “Antropologia, etnografia e práticas artísticas” – procurará contribuir para a reflexão em torno da relação entre arte, etnografia e antropologia a partir de trabalhos de investigadores e artistas posicionados em diferentes contextos.

This thematic dossier of the Journal of Art and Anthropology (CadernosAA) – “Anthropology, ethnography and artistic practices” – seek to contribute to the debate on the relationship between art, ethnography and anthropology from the work of researchers and artists placed in different contexts.…

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