‘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…

Modern Art Asia, Issue 11 (August 2012)

The bumper review issue of Modern Art Asia is now online featuring, amongst other articles, my take on Song Dong’s ‘Waste Not’ at the Barbican earlier this year. Leicester is well-represented with papers by both Cy Shih and Linda Kong.  Btw, back issues of the journal are now available in print and as e-books.

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…

Good News!

I am delighted to reveal that I have been accepted as Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, for two years from the 1st October. I plan to apply for post-doctoral funding and all being well, make a start on turning my thesis into a book very soon….

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…

Leicester Research Archive

I’m delighted to see that my thesis has been downloaded 224 times since it was uploaded to the Leicester Research Archive last year. To be fair, a large proportion of those downloads will have been made by me (I use it as my go-to copy) but I am stunned and really quite flattered that so many…

Morbid Curiosities

From time-to-time I get the opportunity to do some academic indexing (see my indexing page for more details). My most recent contribution has been to Sam Alberti’s  Morbid Curiosities: Medical Museums in Nineteenth-Century Britain, published by Oxford University Press. It’s a brilliant book about a fascinating aspect of collecting and display – though it necessarily gets a…