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DepositReorganizing The Social Organization: Collaborative Editing, Museum Collections, Indigenous Knowledges, and the Franz Boas/George Hunt Archives

Franz Boas’s 1897 report, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians, was a landmark in anthropology for its integrative approach to museum collections, photographs, and sound recordings as well as text. A result of participant observation and extensive collaboration with Indigenous partners—especially George Hunt—the book set a standard for both ethnography and museum practice. However, both Boas and Hunt remained dissatisfied with the published text, laboring for decades to correct and supplement a volume that would forever mediate global knowledge of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia. They left behind a vast archive of unpublished materials relevant to the creation and afterlife of this groundbreaking text and its related museum collections. These materials are now widely distributed across institutional, disciplinary, and international borders. This paper will discuss an ongoing collaborative project to create a multimedia, web-based critical edition of the book that reassembles published and unpublished materials as well as Kwakwaka’wakw knowledge. Archival revelations about the truly co-authored nature of the original text allow us to better situate the contexts and methods of creating ethnographic knowledge in relation to the Indigenous ontologies that The Social Organization purports to represent. Moreover, the edition seeks to demonstrate ways in which digital technologies can harness multimedia to return sensory richness to Boas and Hunt’s synthetic text, to reactivate disparate and long dormant museum collections, and to restore cultural patrimony to its Indigenous inheritors.

MemberRob Lancefield

Rob Lancefield is Head of IT at the Yale Center for British Art. Previously he led digital work at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, where he led the development and launch of DAC Open Access Images in 2012. He chairs the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Council of Affiliates, a council of leadership representatives from 28 national and international organizations in the museum field. Rob is a former president of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), the professional organization for people who do digital work in museums, and a co-founding member of the ImageMuse discussion group, which now connects more than 500 digital imaging professionals in museums and other cultural organizations.

MemberRichard Elliott

Richard Elliott is a cultural musicologist with a particular interest in popular musics of the world. He is the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate, 2010), Nina Simone (Equinox, 2013), The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) and The Sound of Nonsense (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). He has also published articles and reviews on popular music, literature, consciousness, memory, nostalgia, place and space, affect, language and technology. Richard is Senior Lecturer in Music at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University, where he specialises in courses related to popular music. Prior to this he taught courses on popular music, contextual music studies, and music and media at the University of Sussex. He has also worked as a teacher of English for Academic Purposes, a journal editor and a reviewer of books and music. Richard’s research interests are wide but predominantly connect to ways in which music reflects and produces time, space and memorable objects. His early work explored the roles played by loss, memory, nostalgia and revolution in popular music and was heavily influenced by theories of place and spatiality. These ideas were developed in his first book Fado and the Place of Longing, which analysed Portuguese fado music as a reflection and production of space and place. An ongoing theme is the various ways in which music creates or evokes ‘memory places’ that take on significance for individuals and communities. More recent work reflects music’s potential to soundtrack lives and histories; Richard’s 2015 book The Late Voice explores the representation of time, age and experience in popular song. The Sound of Nonsense, published at the very end of 2017 (with a 2018 publication date), reflects Richard’s interest in words, music and sound studies. It brings together novelists, nonsense writers, sound poets, experimental composers, comedians and pop musicians in an attempt to get at the role of sound in creating, maintaining and disrupting meaning. Richard’s other areas of specialisation include the global span of popular music styles from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, music and cultural theory, urban musicology, the poetics of song and the politics of authenticity. He has a background in a variety of disciplines, having gained a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative American Studies, a Master’s in Popular Culture and a PhD in Music.

TopicCONF: North American Conference on Video Game Music 7, Ithaca College, Apr 4-5

The program for the 7th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music is now available. The conference will be held at the Ithaca College School of Music, in Ithaca, NY on April 4-5, 2020. To register for the conference, visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/registration.html. (Note that registration fees are cheaper before March 4.) The conference website also provides […]

TopicCONF: North American Conference on Video Game Music 7, Ithaca College, Apr 4-5

The program for the 7th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music is now available. The conference will be held at the Ithaca College School of Music, in Ithaca, NY on April 4-5, 2020. To register for the conference, visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/registration.html. (Note that registration fees are cheaper before March 4.) The conference website also provides […]

TopicCONF: North American Conference on Video Game Music 7, Ithaca College, Apr 4-5

The program for the 7th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music is now available. The conference will be held at the Ithaca College School of Music, in Ithaca, NY on April 4-5, 2020. To register for the conference, visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/registration.html. (Note that registration fees are cheaper before March 4.) The conference website also provides […]

TopicCONF: North American Conference on Video Game Music 7, Ithaca College, Apr 4-5

The program for the 7th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music is now available. The conference will be held at the Ithaca College School of Music, in Ithaca, NY on April 4-5, 2020. To register for the conference, visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/registration.html. (Note that registration fees are cheaper before March 4.) The conference website also provides […]

TopicCONF: North American Conference on Video Game Music 7, Ithaca College, Apr 4-5

The program for the 7th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music is now available. The conference will be held at the Ithaca College School of Music, in Ithaca, NY on April 4-5, 2020. To register for the conference, visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/registration.html. (Note that registration fees are cheaper before March 4.) The conference website also provides […]

TopicCONF: North American Conference on Video Game Music 7, Ithaca College, Apr 4-5

The program for the 7th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music is now available. The conference will be held at the Ithaca College School of Music, in Ithaca, NY on April 4-5, 2020. To register for the conference, visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/registration.html. (Note that registration fees are cheaper before March 4.) The conference website also provides […]

TopicCONF: North American Conference on Video Game Music 7, Ithaca College, Apr 4-5

The program for the 7th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music is now available. The conference will be held at the Ithaca College School of Music, in Ithaca, NY on April 4-5, 2020. To register for the conference, visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/registration.html. (Note that registration fees are cheaper before March 4.) The conference website also provides […]