FTAT List of scholars Links between them History of ideas Research groups Classic texts Current research
Material culture classics Affordances Sociality of Leroi-Gourhan Bourdieu'shabitus not enough space for agency and social change Merleau-Ponty Body and materiality Address "literature of" From creating and using to norms and practices
Unmaking and Decay Douny on trash World without us http://www.worldwithoutus.com/ Entropy and chaos Object's life cycle
Discover blog on body perception Failing to appreciate doors, and other mysteries of brain space http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/09/22/failing-to-appreciate-doors-and-other-mysteries-of-brain-space/
Sensory Approaches Sensory integration in anthropology http://neuroanthropology.net/2008/05/27/children-integrating-their-senses/ Ashley Montagu on touch Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin occupational therapy and sensory stimulation Jean Ayres Sensory Integration and the Child
Description of a Thing Writea short descriptive history of your "thing." It is important thatthis not simplybe a standard history of invention (a "whodidwhatwhen" story). Yourhistoryshouldalsoconsider:
A) What the "thing" is. Whatkind of objectisit? Whatdoesit look like? Whatdoesit do? Whatisitused for? This shouldinclude a description of: The history or genealogy of yourthing - an origin story; wheredidyourthing come from? The situatedness or familial relations of yourthing - a relationship story; how doesyourthing relate to people and otherobjects? Describe the social ecology of yourthing.
B) The significance of your "thing." Is thisobject important? Why? Whoisit important for? Whatdoesitmean?
C) A template for makingsense of your “thing.” Choose 1 or 2 articles from the course as a model for yourproject. Describe how youthinkyourstudywillconform or deviatefrom the model(s) youdescribe.
D) How willyoustudyyour “thing”? Describe the resourcesyouwill use to help completeyourproject; describeprimary sources, secondary sources, researchmethodologies, etc.