CFP: Teaching Material Culture (3/1/07; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Edvige Giunta
contact email: 

Teaching Material Culture

The editors of transFormations seek articles (5,000 – 10,000 words) and
media reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. – 3,000 to
5,000 words) that explore the significance and uses of material culture in a
variety of pedagogical—from the classroom to the museum-- and disciplinary
contexts--literature, women's and gender studies, anthropology, folklore,
history, psychology, sociology, art, photography, geography, religion,
working-class studies, ethnic studies, cultural studies, science, and
others. Essays should raise questions concerning, for example, authenticity,
art, craft, tradition, community, or authority in relationship to the
teaching of material culture Multidisciplinary approaches that focus on--or
include--discussions of non-Western cultures are especially encouraged.
Autobiographical criticism, narrative scholarship, photo-essays, and
experimental work are welcome.

Topics might include: teaching material culture in K-12 and higher
education; museums and the appropriation and transformation of material
culture; gender and technology; the politics and pedagogy of the archive;
material culture and folklore; artifacts and identities; material culture
and family/domesticity; food rituals/celebrations; the transmission of
material culture in diasporic communities; history and interpretation of
public spaces; intersections and manifestations of identities; clothes,
costumes, fashion, and body politics; religious practices; music and
performance; practices and politics of memorializing; the material
construction of public events; make-overs and reality television; class and
taste; globalization, tourism, and transnationalism.

Send a hard copy in MLA format (6th ed.) and a 250-word abstract to:
Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta, Editors, Transformations, New Jersey
City University, Grossnickle Hall Room 303, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey
City, NJ 07305 OR email submissions and inquiries to: Email submissions should be sent as attachments in
MS Word or Rich Text format. For submission guidelines go to

DEADLINE: 1 March 2007

Edvige Giunta
Editor, Transformations
Department of English
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305

201-200-3086 (English Department)
201-200-3071 (Transformations)
201-200-3051 (Fax, Transformations)

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