Academic activities: an update

In the last week I’ve: been on four trains; visited London and Sheffield; given two presentations; re-evaluated my future career plans; and eaten some fantastic food courtesy of the AHRC. Last Monday I travelled down to the British Library once more (but hopefully not for the last time) to hand over the final version of the catalogue…

‘Japanese Saris: Dress, Globalisation and Multiple Migrants’

The paper that Malika Kraamer and myself recently published in Textile History is finally available online [requires institutional access]. Based on primary research undertaken for the Cultural Olympiad exhibition, ‘Suits and Saris’, the paper looks at: … the phenomenon of Japanese saris — fashion-forward synthetic saris manufactured in Japan — and Leicester sari shop owners’ role in…

Revolutionary nian hua at the British Library

On a suitably ‘new year’ theme,* my blogpost about a set of revolutionary nian hua prints from 1950 has been posted to the British Library’s Asia and Africa blog. The image is a detail from Jian zheng huan xuan hao ren (建政懽選好人), ‘Good people happily select a government’, by ‘Wulejibatu’ (烏勒吉巴图) of Inner Mongolia (Neimeng, 内蒙]). Revolutionary nian…

Chinese propaganda posters and the thorny issue of copyright

Just popping by to mention that BICC has published a blog post by me on the thorny issue of Chinese propaganda posters and copyright, based on research I have been doing during my three month postdoc at the British Library.  I was surprised by the advice we were given with reference to digitisation and public…

Book Update

Time for an update on the old book. I have to admit that I’m really starting to get bored of this manuscript now. I’m spending far too much time with it. But, having said that, I continue to make good progress despite regular bouts of procrastination, and I’m getting close to being able to ‘sign…

Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories…

…has been published and is now available to buy in hardback. A Kindle ebook will follow shortly. Amazon currently have it on sale for nearly £18 cheaper than the RRP. Though I note that someone is already trying to flog a second hand copy at £82.45!

Narrating Objects: Collecting Stories: an update

Well, hello 2012! This year is going to be an interesting one, not least because I’m going to be volunteering at the Olympic Games! In other news, I’ve recently heard that Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories, the second collection of papers that I’ve co-edited with Dr Sandra Dudley, Jen Binnie, Julia Petrov and Jenny Walklate, will…

Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories

The second volume of papers from the ‘Material Worlds’ conference held at Leicester in December 2008 and companion to The Thing About Museums,  is now available for pre-order from the publisher, Routledge, and Amazon. Once again, Sandra Dudley, Jen Binnie, Julia Petrov, Jenny Walklate, and I have co-edited. Priced at £70 RRP, the book: …is a…

The Thing about Museums Objects and Experience, Representation and Contestation

I’m delighted to confirm that The Thing About Museums – the first volume of collected papers from the Material Worlds conference hosted in Leicester in December 2008 – is now in print. As well as co-editing the volume with Sandra Dudley, Jen Binnie, Julia Petrov and Jenny Walklate, I’ve contributed a chapter ‘Displaying the Communist Other: perspectives…