The tradition of scholarly
publishing at the Smithsonian dates back to the Institution’s
origin. In keeping with James Smithson’s stipulation that his
bequest to the United States be “for the increase and diffusion
of knowledge,” Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian
(1846–1878), initiated in 1848 the Institution’s first
publication, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. The tradition
continues today with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (SISP).
One of several offices operating within the Smithsonian’s Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, SISP publishes research by Smithsonian scholars in many fields – particularly science, art and art history, aviation and space, and history and material culture – and research closely related to Smithsonian collections.
Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics, and Migration
Edited by Jaime Marroquín Arredondo, Adela Pineda Franco, and Magdalena Mieri
This book studies the effects of the Mexican Revolution in the United States in such spheres as diplomacy, politics, and intellectual thought. To mark the bicentennial of Latin America’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, the Smithsonian partnered with several institutions and organized a series of cultural events, among them an academic symposium. This volume consolidates the results of that symposium, adding new voices, and providing a wide-ranging exploration of the Mexican Revolution.
Analyzing Art and Aesthetics
Edited by Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret A. Weitekamp
Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology, #9
This ninth volume of the Artefacts series explores how artists have responded to developments in science and technology, and considers how science, technology, art, and aesthetics impact one another. When considered as aesthetic objects, how do scientific instruments or technological innovations reflect and embody culturally grounded assessments about appearance, feel, and use? And when these objects become museum artifacts, what aesthetic factors affect their exhibition?
New Insights into the Cleaning of Paintings: Proceedings from the Cleaning 2010 International Conference, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and Museum Conservation Institute
Edited by Marion F. Mecklenburg, A. Elena Charola, and Robert J. Koestler
Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation, no. 3
Papers and posters presented at the “Cleaning 2010 International—New Insights into the Cleaning of Paintings” conference held at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute are printed. It was the first major international conference on this topic in two decades.
Material Culture and Electronic Sound
Edited by Frode Weium and Tim Boon, with a Foreword by Brian Eno
Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology, #8
This volume explores how material culture has affected music and sound. Technological innovations in music have ended up expanding the range of what can be done musically and changing the landscape of music. Contributors include composers, performers, musicologists, and scientists, providing diverse insights into the nature of music. Material Culture and Electronic Sound examines what has happened because technology and music crossed paths.
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