Argonauts unbound: artefactual histories for the 21st Century

Prompted by the centenary of the publication of Malinowski’s Argonauts of the Western Pacific in 2022, Chris Wingfield has been writing an experimental digital monograph (, supported by a 12-month British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship during 2024. This talk will reflect on the process of writing and the ways in which Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology might respond to calls for Writing Against Culture (Abu-Lughod 1991) by engaging and unpacking the historicity of artefacts.

Pitt Rivers Museum Research Seminar in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, Hilary 2024

Fridays, 12pm-1.30pm

In person at the Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre.

Convened by Chihab El Khachab and Chris Morton