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    • Week 1 — Introduction SOCI/ANTH 441 Material Culture Alexandre Enkerli
    • Today
      • Get to know each other
      • Introduce the course
      • Give ideas for project
      • Talk about things
    • Podcast
      • Audio recording
      • Automatic
      • Posted on Moodle after class
      • On-record
      • Can pause
      • Would prefer to leave on-record
    •  
    • Alex
      • Ethnographic disciplines (cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, ethnomusicology, folkloristics)
      • Summer sociology
      • Constructive, collaborative learning
      • Adapting
      • New course
    • Attitude Toward Material Culture
      • Somewhat detached, pragmatic
      • Geek culture
      • Not gadget freak
      • More aural than visual
      • Not full of “purty pickters” (pretty pictures)
      • Navigate abstract and concrete
      • Sensory aspects
    • Introductions
      • Background
        • Academic
        • Personal
      • Material culture
      • Favourite thing?
      • Anything else?
      • Talking About Things
    •  
    • Terms
      • Thing, object, entity, stuff, matter, substance, item, artefact, property
      • Possessions, belongings, commodities, goods, products
      • It, this, that
      • Material, physical, virtual, imagined
      • Natural, manufactured, crafted, processed
    • Some Themes
      • Inequality, Gender, Domesticity, Public/private dichotomy, Class, Technology adoption, Science, Engineering, Postmodernism, Industrialization, Consumption, Globalization, Commodification. Environmentalism, Gift economy, Property rights, Intellectual property, Ethnic identity, Cultural diversity, Cultural heritage, Tradition, Appropriation, Personalization/customization, Fetishism, Value, Purity, Trash, Subjectivity, Embodiment, Agency, Materialism, Aesthetics...
    • Interdisciplinary
      • Psychology, cultural studies, engineering, history, market research, folkloristics, architecture, economics, archaeology, popular culture, art history, gender studies, semiotics, political science, museum studies, consumer research, American studies, etc.
      • Focus on anthropology and sociology
    • Own Approach to Course
      • Ethnography
      • Folkloristics
      • Music
      • Sensory anthropology
      • Semiotics
    •  
    • Course Outline
      • May change
      • From lecture to discussion to presentations
      • Attendance required, even during presentations
      • Seminar participation outside of class
      • Come prepared
      • “ Prewrite”
    • Readings
      • RefWorks
      • All in databases (links to PDF Files)
      • On-Campus
      • May add or replace
        • Web content
      • Supplementary readings
        • Project
        • Further understanding
    • Moodle
      • Readings
      • Assignments
      • “ Handouts”
      • Slides
      • Podcast
      • Forums
        • Forced but can unsubscribe
      • Podcasts
      • Social analysis of an object
    • Three parts
      • Description of a Thing (20%, due October 1)
      • Presentation (30%, November 5—26)
      • Final Paper (40%, Due December 5)
    • Project Guidelines
      • Social science on thing
      • People through objects
      • From thing to society/culture
      • Focus on anthropology/sociology
      • Multiple angles
    • Choosing a Thing
      • Leaving open
      • Some advice
      • If need help, can discuss
      • No ideal thing, no impossible thing
      • Accessible literature
        • Not too specialized
        • Not overwhelming
    • Example Things
      • Computer keyboard, cellphone, vinyl record, vitamin tablets, Aeron chair, vibrator, statue
      • Hood (UofT): blackboards, hats, political buttons, music boxes, dress, chocolate, tattoo, postcards, mirrors...
      • Other examples: rock, bumper stickers, stamp, t-shirts, car, bicycle
    • Thing Characteristics
      • Bounded or boundless
      • Unique (Statue of Liberty) or category (pills)
      • Durable or transient/ephemeral
      • Technology
    • Choosing Approach
      • Named theory (SCOT, SST, ANT, Symbolic Interactionism)
      • Scholars
      • Field/domain
      • Background
      • Other work
    • Method
      • Description (including sensory)
      • Genealogy (history, genesis)
      • Ethnography (including autoethnography/introspection)
      • Social/cultural analysis (adoption, implications, impacts, meanings...)
    • Questions to ask
      • Dimensions from Joseph Dumit’s Artifact Project http://web.mit.edu/dumit/www/artifact-long.html
      • Symbolic, Labour, Professional/Epistemological, Material, Technological, Political, Economic, Bodily/Organic, Historical, Contextual/Situated, Educational, Mythological
    • Presentation
      • More than “show and tell”
      • Plan ahead
      • From “work-in-progress” to “almost done”
      • “ Office hour presentations”
    • Paper
      • Bring together
      • Sociology/anthropology of thing
      • Case studies
    • Next Week
      • Dant on Driver-Car
      • Schnapp on Moka Express
      • Barthes on New Citroën