Catastrophic Snow Globes – who’s shaking who?

At first glance, snow globes might seem trite or trivial objects, however :

“[…] on closer reflection, they are revealed to be symbolic realms that provide clues to the desires, dreams, nightmares, and memories of the cultures that produce them.”

– explains professor Lindsey Freeman, a sociologist who teaches, writes, and thinks about cities, memory, new technologies, art, and the atomic bomb at Buffalo State University of New York. Snow-GlobesThe professor’s paper on the subject of snow globes, (particularly those representing loss and malevolence) is published in the journal Space and Culture, January 12, 2016. Reminding us that :

“Thinking critically about the hermetically sealed worlds of snow globes opens up riddles of modern life. It brings attention to our size, to ourselves, and to the worlds we inhabit and create. The art of catastrophe expressed in disaster snow globes points out our faults and our fears, but allows us to give them a shake. As we shake them, they shake us.”

See: Catastrophic Snow Globes as Oneiric and Mnemonic Gadgets

Important Security Advice: If you are thinking of buying a souvenir snow globe (malevolent or otherwise) and are also thinking of transporting it internationally by means of passenger air travel, you should consult your airline – e.g. here are Special Instructions from the US Transportation Security Administration.

Note: The picture shows a souvenir snow globe from the 1889 Exposition Universelle, marking the 100-year anniversary of the storming of [the] Bastille.

Glossary: ‘Oneiric’ (adj.) – of or relating to or suggestive of dreams.

Further explorations: A full copy of the paper, and other writings are available via the professor’s website  (click ‘publications’)

114 Responses to “Catastrophic Snow Globes – who’s shaking who?”

  1. Blog Post Says:

    When was the last time someone ask you if you had a spare potato?

  2. Wilbur Panozzo Says:

    Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, awesome blog!

  3. Val Wankum Says:

    Thanks for the advice on credit repair on this excellent web-site. Some tips i would tell people is usually to give up this mentality that they buy right now and shell out later. Like a society most people tend to make this happen for many factors. This includes vacation trips, furniture, and also items we want. However, it is advisable to separate your wants out of the needs. While you’re working to raise your credit score make some sacrifices. For example you possibly can shop online to economize or you can go to second hand outlets instead of high priced department stores pertaining to clothing.

  4. Daysi Custodio Says:

    Great write-up, I am regular visitor of one’s web site, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a long time.

  5. Tristan Parton Says:

    Its like you learn my mind! You seem to understand so much about this, such as you wrote the e-book in it or something. I believe that you could do with a few to pressure the message home a bit, however instead of that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  6. Weldon Kohlmeier Says:

    Keep functioning ,terrific job!

  7. Ramiro Delrio Says:

    magnificent points altogether, you just won a new reader. What could you recommend in regards to your publish that you simply made a few days ago? Any positive?

  8. Holiday Tours in India Says:

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Thanks Again. Want more.

  9. aether Says:

    I loved your blog post.Really thank you! Will read on…

  10. pe bible online access Says:

    I think this is a real great post. Really Great.

  11. mediciondigital Says:

    I see you’re a blog owner, so please add me to your email / mailing list. My email is: [email protected] – I buy websites that meet certain metrics. This site looks like it might, so please reach out to me

  12. Ricki Markins Says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly suppose this website wants far more consideration. I’ll most likely be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

  13. Dog Coats Says:

    “As a Newbie, I am continuously exploring online for articles that can benefit me. Thank you”

  14. Toronto Escorts Says:

    “This web site certainly has all the info I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.”