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Reconstruction, Replication and Re-enactment in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Sven Dupré Anna Harris Julia Kursell Patricia Lulof Maartje Stols-Witlox Petra Tjitske Kalshoven Jill Hillditch Johannes (Hans) Fidom Peter Peters Dr. Leslie Carlyle

298 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Performative methods are playing an increasingly prominent role in research into historical production processes, materials, bodily knowledge and sensory skills, and in forms of education and public engagement in classrooms and museums. This book offers, for the first time, sustained, interdisciplinary reflections on performative methods, variously known as Reconstruction, Replication and Re-enactment (RRR) practices across the fields of history of science, archaeology, art history, conservation, musicology and anthropology. Each of these fields has distinct histories, approaches, tools and research questions. Researchers in the historical disciplines have used reconstructions to learn about the materials and practices of the past, while anthropologists and ethnographers have more often studied the re-enactments themselves, participating in these performances as engaged observers. In this book, authors bring their experiences of RRR practices within their discipline into conversation with RRR practices in other disciplines, providing a basis for interdisciplinary cross-fertilization.
Author Bio
Sven Dupré is Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. Anna Harris is Associate Professor of Social Studies of Medicine at Maastricht University. Julia Kursell is Professor of Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. Patricia Lulof is Associate Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Maartje Stols-Witlox is Associate Professor of Conservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam.