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Performing the Past

How Objects Shape Communal Identity

Editors: Donna Sadler Julie Hotchin
Publishing Manager: Jirki Thibaut
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ISSN 2983-970X

Method of peer review
double-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

materiality, objects, symbolic value, communal, performativity, cultural signifier, aura, Europe, Global, Americas, Medieval to Modernity

Accepted Language(s):
English, French

Accepts Contributions in Open Access


This series considers the potential of objects to convey communally shared values. Objects give material form to the rules and belief patterns of those who value them. They are imbued with memories and emotions, which make them the ideal keepers of remembrance and feeling. It is indeed in the performance or practice of daily life that the objects used by a culture become emblematic of that society. Things, then, are used to "do" history, providing a privileged path of access to the past. This series explores the holiness or otherness embodied in the stuff of life; how does the material trace of a community reflect its nature? In considering works from different disciplines, this series will illuminate the aura of objects as reliquaries of the commonplace.

The series welcome proposals for monographs and edited collections that adopt broad disciplinary, indeed, post-disciplinary, approaches including but not exclusively, from the fields of history, literature, anthropology, art and architectural history, and visual and material culture. Chronologically, the series welcomes studies that address the periods between 500-1980. Books in this series may focus on Europe or extend to analyses in global contexts.


    C. Jean Campbell (Emory University, Atlanta)
    Matthew Champion (University of Melbourne)
    Anne F. Harris (Grinnell College)
    Laura Hollengreen (University of Arizona)
    Suzanna Ivanic (University of Kent)
    Zuleika Murat (University of Padua)
    Mark Thistlethwaite (Texas Christian University)  


    Main language: English
    Additional language: French

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication

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