Academic journal article Material Culture

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Material Culture

Editor's Note

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Dear Colleagues,

It is with pleasure that I present to you the first issue of Material Culture published by the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture (ISLPMC). After much deliberation by a focus group of PAS members, and later the Executive Board, it was decided that this new name much better reflects the membership and research interests of the Pioneer America Society. One of the key pieces of evidence that the original focus of PAS and Material Culture has expanded is the international scope of the journal's subscribers as well as the topics of manuscripts submitted. I look forward to moving ahead under this new title and to the expanding diversity of authors and topics that the organization may attract. To those who have been reading the journal for some time, I appreciate your loyalty and patience during this transition.

I am also pleased to present this special issue of Material Culture on technology. As I tell my students, technology is more than just things that are electronic. Broadly defined, technology is anything the makes life easier. I challenge my students to move beyond a narrow definition of technology by considering their pens as technology. After all, if they had to chisel notes on stone as I lectured, it would take a lot more effort and a lot more time. …

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