This panel seeks to dislodge straightforward connections between objects, people, and place by examining the different associations and meanings that are articulated when objects and crafts move across different physical and discursive spaces.
This panel will critique the proposition that the relationship between objects and place is consistent by emphasising "mobility" as central to understanding the ethnographic process by which objects acquire semiotic meaning and material shape. As such, this panel seeks to dislodge straightforward connections between objects, people, and place by examining the different associations and meanings that are articulated when objects and crafts move across different physical and discursive spaces. This panel will examine the processes by which objects move and the degrees to which they retain or alter their purposes, meaning, and identity as they traverse through various networks of movement. We specially welcome ethnographies that examine the continuities and discontinuities in the different forms and shapes that objects take as they are confronted with different power regimes.
Some of the themes that the panel is interested in exploring are the recontextualisation of objects as they move through various discursive and physical sites, technological continuities and discontinuities in the process of crafting objects, montaged objects, 'cut and paste' materialities, in the context of networking, transnationalism, and globalisation. This panel seeks to address questions such as, what kind of continuities and discontinuities are at stake when objects move? What kind of resistances and compliances are involved when it comes to valuing objects and their craft? What are the methodological challenges and possibilities for understanding these complexities?
Some specific issues that the panel will address are:
Multi-valency of Transnational Objects
Trafficking and Commoditisation of Objects
Re-contextualisation of Transnational Objects
Travelling Musical Instruments