Things Matter: Reviewing Folkloristic Approaches to Material Culture

Mohammad Ainul Haque (Comilla University)

Folklorists study material culture as a great way to understand human culture. Material culture as a valid area of study in folklore discipline emerged in the late twentieth century. The historical transition from text-based analysis to the performance-centered analysis of objects adds an important dimension to the folkloristic study of material culture. Reviewing folklore scholarship on material culture, this paper asks: What are the key theoretical and methodological contributions from folklore studies to the interdisciplinary field of material culture? How do various disciplinary approaches to material culture shape the folkloristic knowledge of material culture?

Part of V1-03 The Folklore and Folklife of Material Culture, Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm