1 color illustration, 5 drawings, 12 halftones, 3 maps, 5 charts

Things in Motion

Object Itineraries in Anthropological Practice
Edited by Rosemary A. JoyceSusan D. Gillespie



Complementing the concept of object biography, the contributors to this volume use the complex construct of “itineraries” to trace the places in which objects come to rest or are active, the routes through which things circulate, and the means by which they are moved. The contributors advocate for a broader engagement with the mobility of things, from the point at which things emerge from source material to the organization of their manufacture and use, their subsequent movements as mediated by economic and ritual exchanges, their deposition in places that become archaeological sites, their emergence through research and subsequent curation in museum collections, and their circulation in the contemporary world, including through reproduction in other media. Ultimately, the contributors explore movement as a fundamental capacity of things and demonstrate the dynamic capacity of things in motion.

Contributor Bios
Rosemary A. Joyce is the Alice S. Davis Endowed Chair in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her many publications include Gender and Power in Prehispanic Mesoamerica and Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives: Sex, Gender, and Archaeology.
Susan D. Gillespie is a professor of anthropology at the University of Florida and the coeditor of Beyond Kinship: Social and Material Reproduction in House Societies.