Authorship, practical authorship and documentary boundary objects in archaeological information work

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 19:37
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Paper "Authorship, practical authorship and documentary boundary objects in archaeological information work" at the OLKC 2015 conference in Milan, Italy. 

Abstract

On the basis of an empirical investigation of archaeological information work, this paper discusses the interplay of authorship of documents and documentary bound- ary objects, and the practical authorship of social situations and identities and how a closer look at the authorship (as understood in the contemporary authorship lit- erature) can be helpful in elaborating our understanding of the making of artefacts, (documentary) boundary objects and the social landscape. Firstly, the making of documents and other artefacts is seen as a prerequisite of the authorship and mak- ing of boundary objects and them as instruments of the practical authorship of social situations, collective and individual identities. Secondly, the notion of practical au- thorship is perceived to come rather a set of liabilities and privileges rather than a mere attribution of makership or ownership.
Keywords: Practical authorship, boundary objects, documentation, archaeology, re- ports 

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