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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
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 Part I: 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
Conclusions: Returning to Museums
Appendix to the Pictures
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