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How Objects Speak

August 13th, 2014 by David Michalski

Some of the more interesting classes that draw upon the rich collections of Shields Library over the years are those that study material culture. Professors in American Studies, Community Development, Sociology, Anthropology,  the History of Science, and University Writing frequently send their students to library resources to trace the changing interaction between objects and society. Student’s examining technologies of everyday life, such as eyeglasses, cell phone’s, or hair dryers draw upon the library’s primary and secondary literatures to reconstruct the social worlds through which these objects pass. The term papers the students write testify to the complex relations that surround things, and in the process of writing, students often find that it is in the social gathering that the object comes to life.

Peter Miller, in his recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “How Objects Speak” traces the rise of interest in study of material culture and examines its contemporary appeal.

Milk Jar
From Miller’s article “How Objects Speak” Chronicle of Higher Education. 8/11/2014
Item: milk can
Material: Aluminum
Size: Diameter 32 cm, height of the main part 51 cm, and the upper part 15 cm.
Date: 1940?
Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Peter Miller has also gathered recent writing on material culture studies in his new edited book:
Cultural histories of the material world Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2013. See: Shields Library HM621 .C848 2013. It’s a good place to start, if one is interested in engaging the archaeology of the present.

Ebook Sales Growth Slowing Greatly

June 26th, 2014 by Michael Winter

From a recent article: “Say goodbye to the go-go years of fast-paced ebook growth — at least for now. Ebook growth, once in the triple and double digits, with no signs of abating, has slowed to a crawl in 2013,” writes Jeremy Greenfield in the trade publication dbw/Digital Book World. Nonetheless,  Greenfield added, ebooks, while not currently hot commodities, are still warm; and according to the same article–based on numbers from the Association of American Publishers–“now account for a larger percentage of overall publisher revenues than they ever have.” Ebooks now account for about 27% of adult trade sales.  The same phenomenon has also recently been noted by industry standard, PW/Publishers Weekly.

NYT: Professor Says He Has Solved a Mystery Over a Slave’s Novel

September 19th, 2013 by David Michalski

In this New York Times article, Gregg Hecimovich, chairman of the English department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, is reported to have solved a literary and cultural mystery by identifying the author of The Bondswoman’s Narrative: Hannah Bond, and naming her literary influences by researching wills, diaries, handwritten almanacs and public records.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/books/professor-says-he-has-solved-a-mystery-over-a-slaves-novel.html

See also–
Crafts, Hannah.
bondwoman’s narrative / Hannah Crafts ; edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
New York : Warner Books, c2002.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B66 2002 Regular Loan

In search of Hannah Crafts : critical essays on The bondwoman’s narrative / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, eds.
New York : BasicCivitas, c2004.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B6634 2004 Regular Loan

Hecimovich, Gregg A.Searching for Hannah Crafts in Eastern North Carolina. North Carolina Literary Review 16 (2007): 43-54.

Williams, Adebayo. “Of Human Bondage and Literary Triumphs: Hannah Crafts and the Morphology of the Slave Narrative.” Research in African Literatures 34.1 (Spring 2003): 137ff

All That is Solid Does Not Melt in the Cloud: Founding a Postcolonial Digital Humanities

March 18th, 2013 by David Michalski

Postcolonial Digital Humanities is an initiative seeking to bring critiques of colonialism, imperialism, and globalization to bear on the digital humanities. Questioning the neutrality of digital codes and systems, this project asks how historic and contemporary colonial relations of race, class, gender, sexuality and disability influence the digital world, the digital archive and libraries of the future.

Led by post-colonial scholars Roopika Risam and Adeline Koh, the Postcolonial Digital Humanities initiative positions itself as “an emergent field of study invested in decolonizing the digital, foregrounding anti-colonial thought, and disrupting salutatory narratives of globalization and technological progress.”
To learn more about this interesting and important work read the group’s FOUNDING PRINCIPLES
http://dhpoco.wordpress.com/founding-principles/

What Was the University Press?: UMP’s Douglas Armato on the Scholarly Monograph

November 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Douglas Armato, director of University of the University of Minnesota Press discussed the role of the University Press in Scholarly Communication in his presentation at the 2012 Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition.

This blog entry on the University of Minnesota Press website summarizes his interesting take.

Fall Research Workshops: Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Library Research Workshop

w/ David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (michalski@ucdavis.edu)

1st Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

2nd Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

This workshop invites graduate students, faculty and other researchers to see and practice with the latest research tools available. Learn effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate and evaluate the wide variety of information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

The latest in database searching (including the Proquest transisiton databases),
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
Locating primary source material,
and the use of interdisciplinary and specialized reference works.

Participants are encouraged to bring along research projects as well as any questions they have about the University Library.
Let us learn how we can serve you better.

David Michalski is a UC Davis Librarian subject specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department responsible to these departments and programs: Sociology, Psychology, Human, Community and Regional Development, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more info see: http://people.lib.ucdavis.edu/~davidm/mycard.html

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian Office Hours

May 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Working on a term paper in the social sciences or the humanities?
Starting a new research project?
Interested in the latest means to discover and track scholarly literature?

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, David Michalski is available for consultations.

Make an appointment to develop a custom search strategy, and make sure you are getting the most out of your library resources.
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/forms/officehours/index.php?office=1

Featured eBook: The handbook of critical intercultural communication

January 27th, 2012 by David Michalski

The handbook of critical intercultural communication
edited by Thomas K. Nakayama and Rona Tamiko Halualani
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010


Online link { Wiley Online Library. Restricted to UC campuses } http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444390681 ;

Critical Intercultural Communication Studies (pages 1–16)
Rona Tamiko Halualani and Thomas K. Nakayama

Part I: Critical Junctures and Reflections in Our Field – A Revisiting

Writing the Intellectual History of Intercultural Communication (pages 21–33)
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

Critical Reflections on Culture and Critical Intercultural Communication (pages 34–52)
Dreama G. Moon

Reflecting Upon “Enlarging Conceptual Boundaries: A Critique of Research in Intercultural Communication” (pages 53–58)
Alberto González

Intercultural Communication and Dialectics Revisited (pages 59–83)
Judith N. Martin and Thomas K. Nakayama

Reflections on “Problematizing ‘Nation’ in Intercultural Communication Research” (pages 84–97)
Kent A. Ono

Reflections on “Bridging Paradigms: How not to Throw out the Baby of Collective Representation with the Functionalist Bathwater in Critical Intercultural Communication” (pages 98–111)
S. Lily Mendoza

Revisiting the Borderlands of Critical Intercultural Communication (pages 112–129)
Leda Cooks

Expanding the Circumference of Intercultural Communication Study (pages 130–146)
William J. Starosta and Guo-Ming Chen

Part II: Critical Dimensions in Intercultural Communication Studies
You have free access to this contentPart Introduction (pages 147–148)

Internationalizing Critical Race Communication Studies (pages 149–170)
Raka Shome

Re-Imagining Intercultural Communication in the Context of Globalization (pages 171–189)
Kathryn Sorrells

Culture as Text and Culture as Theory (pages 190–215)
Yoshitaka Miike

Entering the Inter (pages 216–226)
Aimee Carrillo Rowe

Speaking of Difference (pages 227–247)
Crispin Thurlow

Speaking Against the Hegemony of English (pages 248–269)
Yukio Tsuda

Coculturation (pages 270–285)
Melissa L. Curtin

Public Memories in the Shadow of the Other (pages 286–310)
Jolanta A. Drzewiecka

Critical Intercultural Communication, Remembrances of George Washington Williams, and the Rediscovery of Léopold II’s “Crimes Against Humanity” (pages 311–331)
Marouf Hasian

Part III: Critical Topics in Intercultural Communication Studies

Situating Gender in Critical Intercultural Communication Studies (pages 335–347)
Lara Lengel and Scott C. Martin

Identity and Difference (pages 348–363)
Ronald L. Jackson and Jamie Moshin

Br(other) in the Classroom (pages 364–381)
Bryant Keith Alexander

When Frankness Goes Funky (pages 382–399)
Jim Perkinson

Iterative Hesitancies and Latinidad (pages 400–416)
Bernadette Marie Calafell and Shane T. Moreman

We Got Game (pages 417–445)
Lisa A. Flores, Karen Lee Ashcraft and Tracy Marafiote

It Really Isn’t about you (pages 446–460)
John T. Warren

Critical Reflections on a Pedagogy of Ability (pages 461–471)
Deanna L. Fassett

The Scarlet Letter, Vigilantism, and the Politics of Sadism (pages 472–482)
Richard Morris

Authenticity and Identity in the Portable Homeland (pages 483–494)
Victoria Chen

Layers of Nikkei (pages 495–516)
Etsuko Kinefuchi

Placing South Asian Digital Diasporas in Second Life (pages 517–533)
Radhika Gajjala

“The Creed of the White Kid” (pages 534–548)
Melissa Steyn

A Critical Reflection on an Intercultural Communication Workshop (pages 549–564)
Hsin-I Cheng

“Quit Whining and Tell me about your Experiences!” (pages 565–584)
Sara DeTurkt

A Proposal for Concerted Collaboration Between Critical Scholars of Intercultural and Organizational Communication (pages 585–592)
Brenda J. Allen

Conclusion (pages 593–600)
Thomas K. Nakayama and Rona Tamiko Halualani

Let Freedom Ring: New Books on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Civil Rights Movement

January 13th, 2012 by David Michalski

The University Library maintains research collections on civil rights and African American history. Here is a sampling of recent books on Dr. King, The African American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s’ and a few of the many reference sources.


http://ucdavis.libguides.com/let_freedom_ring_books_on_MLK”

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (Chicago)

January 13th, 2012 by David Michalski

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) has a new online
collections search tool.  It is the culmination of two years of archival
surveying of African American primary source research materials in
locations throughout the Chicago region.  The search tool provides
researchers with one central location to view and explore descriptions of
the archival collections surveyed as part of the BMRC’s Survey Initiative.
To find out more about the survey project, or to search over 1100
collections represented in the database, visit the BMRC search tool at
http://bmrcsurvey.uchicago.edu