Swinney, Geoffrey N (Research Associate) (2019) Appropriate and appropriated sites for elephants: a case study of the making of museum objects. Society & Animals. ISSN 1568-5306

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Through a case study of the museum career of a mounted specimen of African elephant, the nature of “museum objects” and sites in which they engage in the construction of meaning are examined. The paper tracks a series of representations through a museum and explores how this representative of the species was appropriated, rematerialized, represented and re-presented in a variety of media to convey new meanings. It analyzes the processes of translation and remediation involved in constructing and mobilizing different kinds of knowledge. The contingent nature of meanings created around the representation of the elephant in different sites and in different media is discussed in the context of recent discourse on materiality and material culture.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Advance article
Uncontrolled Keywords: afterlife; material culture; meta-representation; natural museology; remediation; translation
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Q Science > QL Zoology
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 14:56
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 14:56
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/2314

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