June 2017

CSSH congratulates Emily Callaci (CSSH 59-1,2017,”Street Textuality: Socialism, Masculinity, and Urban Belonging in Tanzania’s Pulp Fiction Publishing Industry, 1975–1985“) on the publication of her new book, Street Archives and City Life (Duke University Press, 2017). The press website describes the book as follows:

“In Street Archives and City Life Emily Callaci maps a new terrain of political and cultural production in mid-to-late twentieth-century Tanzanian urban landscapes. While the postcolonial Tanzanian ruling party (TANU) adopted a policy of rural socialism known as Ujamaa between 1967 and 1985, an influx of youth migrants to the city of Dar es Salaam generated innovative forms of urbanism through the production and circulation of what Callaci calls street archives. These urban intellectuals neither supported nor contested the ruling party’s anti-city philosophy; rather, they navigated the complexities of inhabiting unplanned African cities during economic crisis and social transformation through various forms of popular texts that included women’s Christian advice literature, newspaper columns, self-published pulp fiction novellas, and song lyrics. Through these textual networks, Callaci shows how youth migrants and urban intellectuals in Dar es Salaam fashioned a collective ethos of postcolonial African citizenship. This spirit ushered in a revolution rooted in the city and its networks—an urban revolution that arose in spite of the nation-state’s pro-rural ideology.

Congratulations are in order for CSSH’s Editorial Committee Member, Paolo Squatriti, who was selected to receive a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship to support his work on the impact on plant communities of such deeply human activities as barbarian invasions, state formation, and conversion to Christianity. Read more about his award here and here.

Valerie Kivelson (CSSH 45-3, 2003, “Male Witches and Gendered Categories in Seventeenth-Century Russia“) and Paolo Squatriti have both been selected as fellows by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). You can read more about Valerie Kivelson‘s research Icons of Eurasian Empire: Early Modern Russian Visions of Encounter, Conquest, and Rule, here. To learn more about Paolo Squatriti‘s ACLS award, Pleasing Plants and Worrisome Weeds: Botanical Change in Early Medieval Europe, click here. Congratulations to both of them!

CSSH Co-Editor Geneviève Zubrzycki (CSSH 58-1, 2016, “Nationalism, ‘Philosemitism,’ and Symbolic Boundary-Making in Contemporary Poland”) has edited a new volume, National Matters: Materiality, Culture, and Nationalism (Stanford, 2017):

National Matters investigates the role of material culture and materiality in defining and solidifying national identity in everyday practice. Examining a range of “things”—from art objects, clay fragments, and broken stones to clothing, food, and urban green space—the contributors to this volume explore the importance of matter in making the nation appear real, close, and important to its citizens. Symbols and material objects do not just reflect the national visions deployed by elites and consumed by the masses, but are themselves important factors in the production of national ideals.

Through a series of theoretically grounded and empirically rich case studies, this volume analyzes three key aspects of materiality and nationalism: the relationship between objects and national institutions, the way commonplace objects can shape a national ethos, and the everyday practices that allow individuals to enact and embody the nation. In giving attention to the agency of things and the capacities they afford or foreclose, these cases also challenge the methodological orthodoxies of cultural sociology. Taken together, these essays highlight how the “material turn” in the social sciences pushes conventional understanding of state and nation-making processes in new directions.

Haidy Geismar (CSSH 48-3, 20006, “Malakula: A Photographic Collection“) has co-edited a new volume, with Jane Anderson, ​The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property ​(Routledge, 2017). Here is an overview from Routledge:

The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property contains new contributions from scholars working at the cutting edge of cultural property studies, bringing together diverse academic and professional perspectives to develop a coherent overview of this field of enquiry. The global range of authors uses international case studies to encourage a comparative understanding of how cultural property has emerged in different parts of the world and continues to frame vital issues of national sovereignty, the free market, international law, and cultural heritage. Sections explore how cultural property is scaled to the state and the market; cultural property as law; cultural property and cultural rights; and emerging forms of cultural property, from yoga to the national archive. By bringing together disciplinary perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, law, Indigenous studies, history, folklore studies, and policy, this volume facilitates fresh debate and broadens our understanding of this issue of growing importance. This comprehensive and coherent statement of cultural property issues will be of great interest to cultural sector professionals and policy makers, as well as students and academic researchers engaged with cultural property in a variety of disciplines.

Bjørn Thomassen (CSSH 53-4, 2012, “Notes towards an Anthropology of Political Revolutions“) has coauthored a new book (with Rosario Forlenza), Italian Modernities: Competing Narratives of Nationhood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). The press website describes the book as follows:

This book argues that Italy represents a privileged entry point into the comparative analysis of ideologies and experiences of modernity. The book compares how thinkers and politicians belonging to different ideological clusters – Liberalism, Communism, Fascism, Christian Democracy – came to formulate multiple and often antagonistic visions of Italy’s road to the modern. By revisiting Italian political history from the late nineteenth century until the present with a focus on transition periods, Italian Modernities explores how competing historical narratives influenced shifting understandings of Italian nationhood, thus foregrounding the active role of memory politics in the formulation of multiple modernities.