Dr Pauline Garvey

Anthropology

Gaeilge agus fáilte

Associate Professor

Rowan House
1st Floor
AN1.14
(01) 708 3587

Biography

Pauline Garvey is associate professor in anthropology. She completed a BA in University College Dublin and M.Phil in Archaeology (British Academy Scholar in University of Cambridge, UK, 1994) before becoming a doctoral candidate in Anthropology in University College London. Her doctoral research was completed 2002 and she has been a tenured faculty member in Maynooth since 2003.

Her research interests include material culture and Nordic domesticity, domestic exhibitions (housing theatre) in 20th century Sweden, design anthropology and the politics surrounding ethnographic collections in Ireland. 
Current research includes work on the ERC-funded research project The Anthropology of Smart Phones and Smart Ageing (ASSA) which is led by University College London - Maynooth University is a project partner. Her co-authored volume Ageing with Smartphones in Ireland: When Life Becomes Craft (co-written with Daniel Miller) was published in 2021 by University College London Press.
Another work joint volume from this project entitled The Global Smartphone: Beyond a Youth Technology (Miller, Daniel et al) was also published by UCL Press in 2021. 
Other notable publications include Garvey's book Unpacking IKEA: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses, published by Routledge (2018) was funded by the IRCHSS and Swedish Institute. The work features in the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences produced volume, Mosaic, to commemorate ten years of Irish research excellence internationally (http://www.irchss.ie/IRCHSS%2010%20Event%20Page/Mosaic%20(Dublin,%202010).pdf)
Pauline has been editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space since 2013. 
 


Research Interests

Pauline Garvey's research interests include material culture and Nordic domesticity, domestic exhibitions (‘housing theatre’) in 20th century Sweden, design anthropology, and the politics surrounding ethnographic collections in Ireland. Her PhD research, focussing on domestic material culture in Skien, Norway, was completed in 2002 and is published in several book chapters and journals such as Social Anthropology, Journal of Material Culture, Journal of Design History, Ethnologie Française, the International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home. Recent publications include Unpacking IKEA: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses published by Routledge (2018). Research for this monograph was funded by the Irish Research Council and the Swedish Institute, Stockholm.  Pauline has been editor of Home Cultures, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Architecture, Design and Domestic Space since 2013.
Pauline is currently working on an ERC-funded project The Anthropology of Smart Phones and Smart Ageing which involves a close collaboration of eleven anthropologists in 10 countries. 

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
SmartPhoneSmartAging: Smartphones, Smart Ageing and mHealth PI EU Horizon 2020 / ERC Advanced Grant This project will investigate fundamental changes in people’s relationship to age and health associated with the global rise of the smartphone. The aim is to combine an intellectual challenge in understanding the contemporary nature of age and the impact of new media, with an applied challenge to use this knowledge to help make mHealth a more effective intervention. Through simultaneous 15 month ethnographies in China, Japan, Iran, Ireland, Nigeria and Tanzania (and supplementary work in Trinidad) a team will explore the experience of age for those between 45-70 i.e. neither clearly young nor elderly, who represent an unprecedented population that has resulted from changed life expectancy and changed aspirations. We will examine how this shift in the experience of age is impacted by the rise of smartphones that bring access to technologies associated with the young. mHealth started with youth orientated issues of fitness and wellbeing but is increasingly becoming a significant intervention in helping older populations deal with disease and frailties. mHealth has potential both for helping those with low access to professional care but also threatens to bypass and undermine professional medical services. Our aim is to complement technology led mHealth interventions with ethnography led participatory design, consisting of a collaboration between mHealth professionals with our ethnographically informed team and our informants. The applied anthropology will inform our intellectual advances in the field of digital anthropology. Reflections on mHealth will contribute to the core aim of advancing our understanding of the experience of age in this new interstitial period of life, and to appreciate the major transformations in society and sociality represented by the new ubiquity of the smartphone. Both the intellectual and applied components will be shown to depend upon sensitivity to the forms of cultural diversity uncovered by our comparative ethnographic approach. 01-FEB-18 30-SEP-22 52137
Unpacking IKEA Cultures: A Comparative Ethnography of IKEA consumers in Stockholm and Dublin. PI, researcher. / Government State Bodies 01-SEP-07 01-SEP-08 42000
Trash to Treasures: An Ethnographic Account of the Transformation of Value Within a Dublin Flea-Market. PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 01-OCT-15 30-SEP-17 47980

Books

  Year Publication
2021 Ageing with Smartphones in Ireland: When Life Becomes Craft.
Pauline Garvey and Daniel Miller (2021) Ageing with Smartphones in Ireland: When Life Becomes Craft. London: University College London Press. [Details]
2021 The Global Smartphone: Beyond a Youth Technology.
Daniel Miller, Laila Abed Rabho, Patrick Awondo, Maya de Vries, Marília Duque, Pauline Garvey, Laura Haapio-Kirk, Charlotte Hawkins, Alfonso Otaegui, Shireen Walton, and Xinyuan Wang (2021) The Global Smartphone: Beyond a Youth Technology. London: University College London Press. [Details]
2018 Unpacking Ikea: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses.
Pauline Garvey (2018) Unpacking Ikea: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses. London: Routledge, CRESC Series. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2016 Special Issue of the Journal of Design History
Garvey, Pauline and Adam Drazin (Ed.). (2016) Special Issue of the Journal of Design History Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
2013 Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space
Pauline Garvey, Victor Buchli (University Colege London), Setha Low (CUNY) (Ed.). (2013) Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space London: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
2012 The Globe in a Glass Case: Ethnographic Collections in Irish Museums
Seamas O’Siochain, Pauline Garvey and Adam Drazin (Ed.). (2012) The Globe in a Glass Case: Ethnographic Collections in Irish Museums Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
2009 Special Issue of Anthropology in Action and the Irish Journal of Anthropology
Garvey, Pauline and Adam Drazin (eds) (Ed.). (2009) Special Issue of Anthropology in Action and the Irish Journal of Anthropology London: Berghahn Books. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2022 'Grandparenting as the resolution of kinship as experience'
Miller D.;Garvey P. (2022) 'Grandparenting as the resolution of kinship as experience'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment: abortion rights and democracy today'
Drazkiewicz, E;Strong, T;Scheper-Hughes, N;Turpin, H;Murphy, F;Saris, AJ;Garvey, P;Mishtal, J;Wulff, H;French, B;Miller, D;Maguire, L;Mhordha, MN (2020) 'Repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment: abortion rights and democracy today'. Social Anthropology, [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2016 '‘Design Dispersed: Design History, Design Practice and Anthropology: An Introduction’'
Pauline Garvey and Adam Drazin (invited editors for Special Issue) (2016) '‘Design Dispersed: Design History, Design Practice and Anthropology: An Introduction’'. Journal of Design History, [full-text] [Details]
2008 'The Norwegian country cabin and functionalism: A tale of two modernities'
Garvey P. (2008) 'The Norwegian country cabin and functionalism: A tale of two modernities'. Social Anthropology, 16 (2):203-220 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2013 ''Ikea sofas are like H&M trousers': The potential of sensuous signs'
Garvey, Pauline (2013) ''Ikea sofas are like H&M trousers': The potential of sensuous signs'. JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ANTHROPOLOGY, 2 :75-92 [full-text] [Details]
2005 'Domestic boundaries - Privacy, visibility and the Norwegian window'
Garvey, P (2005) 'Domestic boundaries - Privacy, visibility and the Norwegian window'. Material Culture, 10 :157-176 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2011 'La mémoire en attente. Le muse ethnographique dans L’Irlande post-coloniale'
Garvey, Pauline (2011) 'La mémoire en attente. Le muse ethnographique dans L’Irlande post-coloniale'. ETHNOLOGIE FRANÇAISE, 2 :253-262 [full-text] [Details]
2009 'Anthropology, Design and Technology in Ireland, a special edition'
Garvey, Pauline and Adam Drazin (editors) (2009) 'Anthropology, Design and Technology in Ireland, a special edition'. IRISH JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGY, 16 [Details]
2009 ''Design and Having Designs in Ireland: Introduction''
Pauline Garvey and Adam Drazin (invited editors) (2009) ''Design and Having Designs in Ireland: Introduction''. ANTHROPOLOGY IN ACTION AND IRISH JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGY, 16 :4-18 [full-text] [Details]
2003 '‘How to have a ‘good home’: the practical aesthetic and normativity in Norway’'
Garvey, Pauline (2003) '‘How to have a ‘good home’: the practical aesthetic and normativity in Norway’'. JOURNAL OF DESIGN HISTORY, 16 :241-251 [full-text] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Furniture and Furnishings: Material Culture and Making the Modern'
Pauline Garvey (2021) 'Furniture and Furnishings: Material Culture and Making the Modern' In: A Cultural History of the Home. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
2017 'Ireland's ethnographic Horizons'
Garvey P.;Drazin A. (2017) 'Ireland's ethnographic Horizons' In: Irish Ethnologies. [Details]
2018 'Consuming IKEA and Inspiration as Material Form, 2nd edition'
Pauline Garvey (2018) 'Consuming IKEA and Inspiration as Material Form, 2nd edition' In: Clarke, Alison J (eds). Design Anthropology: Object Cultures in Transition. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
2012 'Introduction: Presencing Assemblages'
Pauline Garvey, Seamas O'Siochain and Adam Drazin (2012) 'Introduction: Presencing Assemblages' In: Exhibit Ireland: Ethnographic Collections in Ireland. Dublin: Wordwell Press. [full-text] [Details]
2012 'Living rooms'
Pauline Garvey (2012) 'Living rooms' In: International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Amsterdam: Elsevier. [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Consuming IKEA and inspiration as material form'
Garvey, Pauline (2011) 'Consuming IKEA and inspiration as material form' In: Design Anthropology: Object Culture in the 21st Century. Wien, New York: Springer Verlag. [Details]
2009 'Culture Materialised: IKEA furniture and other evangelitcal objects'
Garvey, Pauline (2009) 'Culture Materialised: IKEA furniture and other evangelitcal objects' In: Lost and Found. Dublin: Wordwell Press. [full-text] [Details]
2005 'Drunk and (Dis) Orderly in Norway: Norwegian Drinking Parties in the Home'
Garvey, Pauline (2005) 'Drunk and (Dis) Orderly in Norway: Norwegian Drinking Parties in the Home' In: Drinking Culture: AIcohol and the Expression of Identity, Class and Nation. Oxford: Berg. [Details]
2001 'Organized Disorder: Moving Furniture in Norwegian Homes'
Garvey, Pauline (2001) 'Organized Disorder: Moving Furniture in Norwegian Homes' In: Home Possessions: the Material Culture of the Home. Oxford: Berg. [Details]
2001 'Drinking, Driving and Daring in Norway'
Garvey, Pauline (2001) 'Drinking, Driving and Daring in Norway' In: Car Cultures. Oxford: Berg. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 Conference of the Anthropological Association of Ireland.
Pauline Garvey and Daniel Miller (2020) Conference of the Anthropological Association of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Endings, Conference of the Anthropological Association of Ireland, Online [Details]
2019 Ageing - ideology and practice: cases from ireland and italy.
Pauline Garvey and Shireen Walton (2019) Ageing - ideology and practice: cases from ireland and italy. [Oral Presentation], Association of Social Anthropologists: Anthropological Perspectives on Global Challenges, Norwich UK , 03-SEP-19 - 06-SEP-19 [Details]
2018 Paper presented as part of the departmental seminar series.
Garvey, Pauline (2018) Paper presented as part of the departmental seminar series. [Oral Presentation], Department of Folklore, University College Dublin, University College Dublin , 02-OCT-18 [Details]
2014 Generating value and valuation as collaborative practice.
Pauline Garvey, Johan Nilsson and Lotta Björklund Larsen (panel organisers) (2014) Generating value and valuation as collaborative practice. [Oral Presentation], European Association of Social Anthropologists, Tallin Estonia , 31-JUL-14 - 03-AUG-14 [Details]
2013 Retrocycle.
Pauline Garvey (2013) Retrocycle. [Public presentations], Retrocycle: The Science Gallery, TCD, Dublin, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2012 Powerful and opaque corporate boundaries now constitute many aspects of everyday life, identity, biography, and the material world. We interrogate the anthropological encounter with these patrolled but slippery boundaries, and their implications for anthropological knowledge.
Pauline Garvey and Adam Drazin, University College London (panel organisers). (2012) Powerful and opaque corporate boundaries now constitute many aspects of everyday life, identity, biography, and the material world. We interrogate the anthropological encounter with these patrolled but slippery boundaries, and their implications for anthropological knowledge. [Oral Presentation], European Association of Social Anthropologists, Nanterre, France , 10-JUL-12 - 13-JUL-12 [Details]
2013 It's personal: subjectivity in Design History.
(2013) It's personal: subjectivity in Design History. [Oral Presentation], The sensuous quality of domestic things, University of Hertfordshire [Details]
2012 Govemark Seminar.
(2012) Govemark Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Democratic Discourse, Democratic Design, National University of Ireland Maynooth [Details]
2011 Anthropology seminar series.
(2011) Anthropology seminar series. [Oral Presentation], Democratic Design, Anthropology Department, Queen's University Belfast [Details]
2011 Material Culture Seminar Series.
(2011) Material Culture Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], Democractic Design and the Ikea flatpack, Anthropology Department, University College London [Details]
2011 Opening the Flatpack: Ethnography, Art, and the Billy Bookcase postgraduate workshop Konstfack Stock.
(2011) Opening the Flatpack: Ethnography, Art, and the Billy Bookcase postgraduate workshop Konstfack Stock. [Oral Presentation], The Materialisation of Brand, National college of Art, Craft and Design, (Konstfack) Stockholm [Details]
2011 Anthropological Association of Ireland conference.
(2011) Anthropological Association of Ireland conference. [Oral Presentation], ‘Per Albin Hansson built Ikea and Ingvar Kamprad Furnished it’, School of Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast [Details]
2011 Material Culture Seminar.
(2011) Material Culture Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Democratic Design, University College London, Anthropology Department [Details]
2010 NUIM Business School seminar series.
(2010) NUIM Business School seminar series. [Oral Presentation], Consuming IKEA, School of Business and Law, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2010 NAIRTL-funded research cluster organised by Eamonn Slattery (NUIM) and Terence McDonough (NUIG).
(2010) NAIRTL-funded research cluster organised by Eamonn Slattery (NUIM) and Terence McDonough (NUIG). [Oral Presentation], On folk museums and corporations, Strokestown Famine museum, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.  [Details]
2009 Ethnography, Creativity, Design, a two-day workshop.
(2009) Ethnography, Creativity, Design, a two-day workshop. [Oral Presentation], ‘Inspiration as material form’, Maynooth [Details]
2009 Ethnography, Creativity, Design, a two-day workshop in collaboration with Intel Ireland.
(2009) Ethnography, Creativity, Design, a two-day workshop in collaboration with Intel Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Inspiration as material form, National University of Ireland Maynooth in collaboration with Intel Ireland [Details]
2009 School of Marketing, DIT Dublin.
(2009) School of Marketing, DIT Dublin. [Oral Presentation], On the museology of IKEA in Sweden, DIT Dublin [Details]
2009 Seminar for Consumption and Leisure Studies.
(2009) Seminar for Consumption and Leisure Studies. [Oral Presentation], Inspiration as material form: on the museology of IKEA in Sweden’, DIT Dubin [Details]
2008 Department of Social Anthropology seminar series, Stockholm University.
(2008) Department of Social Anthropology seminar series, Stockholm University. [Oral Presentation], IKEA and Taste: Some reflections from on-going ethnography, Stockholm University [Details]
2008 Love Objects conference.
(2008) Love Objects conference. [Oral Presentation], Love in a cold climate: Devotional objects and IKEA consumption in Sweden, National College of Art and Design Dublin [Details]

ANET/COS

  Year Publication
2012 ’Light’, invited contribution to the CIM (Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement) Teaching Resource, Queens University Belfast. Based in Queens University Belfast. CIM researchers analyze how globalizing forces may stimulate or hamper forms of cultural production through an examination of creative practices across Europe, South Asia, West Africa, Australia, South America and the Caribbean. http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/cim/.
Pauline Garvey (2012) ’Light’, invited contribution to the CIM (Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement) Teaching Resource, Queens University Belfast. Based in Queens University Belfast. CIM researchers analyze how globalizing forces may stimulate or hamper forms of cultural production through an examination of creative practices across Europe, South Asia, West Africa, Australia, South America and the Caribbean. http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/cim/. ANET/COS [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2002 Review of Victor Buchli (ed) 2002 Material Culture Reader.
Dr Pauline Garvey (2002) Review of Victor Buchli (ed) 2002 Material Culture Reader. Book Review [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
2011 ‘Ikea as folk museum’, in Gareth Kennedy (ed) Ikea Butter Churn for Gneeveguilla. Invited contributor to the catalogue that forms part of this art installation, funded by Kerry County Council and on tour throughout Ireland during 2011 / 2012.
Pauline Garvey (2011) ‘Ikea as folk museum’, in Gareth Kennedy (ed) Ikea Butter Churn for Gneeveguilla. Invited contributor to the catalogue that forms part of this art installation, funded by Kerry County Council and on tour throughout Ireland during 2011 / 2012. Invited papers [full-text] [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2010 Crisis and Imagination.
Steve Coleman, Abdullahi El-Tom, Pauline Garvey, Patty Gray, Anthony Kelly, Karen Kelly, Mark Maguir (2010) Crisis and Imagination. Conference Hosted [Details]
2009 Ethnography, Creativity, Design.
Mark Maguire and Pauline Garvey (2009) Ethnography, Creativity, Design. Conference Hosted [Details]
2007 The Globe in a Glass Case: Ethnographic collections in Ireland.
Pauline Garvey, Seamas O'Siochain (2007) The Globe in a Glass Case: Ethnographic collections in Ireland. Conference Hosted [Details]
2007 Talking Objects: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Material Culture.
Pauline Garvey, Joanna Bruck, Adam Drazin (2007) Talking Objects: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Material Culture. Conference Hosted [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Association of Social Anthropology Member /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2002 Anthropology Department PhD, University College London Anthropology
1994 University of Cambridge MPhil Archaeology
1991 UCD BA, First Class Honours Archaeology

Reviews

  Journal Role
Home Cultures Editor

Other Activities

  Description

I am currently serving as external examiner of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Anthropology in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queens University Belfast.

Teaching Interests

My interests lie in the area of material culture, consumption, and digital anthropology. 

I have made consistent efforts to form teaching collaborations of an interdisciplinary nature. 

2010
: On invitation, I contributed to a teaching collaboration designed by Johan Lindqvist (Anthropology, Stockholm) and John Freyer (Univerisity of Iowa and Fulbright Fellow, Stockholm) with colleagues in Stockholm's University College of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) called 'Opening the Flat pack: Ethnography, Art and the Billy Bookcase’.

2009- 2010 I was approached by the Design and Innovation Department in Maynooth to establish a module on Design and Ethnography. I ran this module for two years, which included an interdisciplinary cohort of anthropology and design students.  2008:  I personally established and taught on a joint module between the MA Social Anthropology at NUIM, and the MA Material and Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with the aim of establishing material culture dialogues between anthropologists and design students.
Teaching collaborations based on research:  In 2010 was invited to contribute to the web-based CIM (Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement) Teaching Resource with a written piece on my research in Stockholm. Based in Queens University Belfast, the CIM is a peer-reviewed resource aimed at the study of cultural production and creative practices across Europe, South Asia, West Africa and Australia. 

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2004 Keith Parker Maynooth University
2005 Silvia Loeffler Maynooth University
2011 Shannon Damery Maynooth University
2013 Malise Gibney Maynooth University
2013 Kathleen Levacher Maynooth University
2010 Johan Nilsson Maynooth University
2009 Chiara Garattini Maynooth University PhD Prisoners of Time: Infantile Funerary Practices in Ireland
2007 Chiara Dallevalle Maynooth University PhD Multiple Identities: Contemporary Migration in the Mediterranean Basin
2015 Alison Troutner Maynooth University
2017 Katie Cremer Maynooth University
2018 Amiee Flynn-Curran Maynooth University PhD In-the-world-but-not-of-the-world-Marginality-faith-and-politics-in-a-San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Mormon-community

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Daniel Miller/ University College London Research collaborator in ERC funded research UNITED KINGDOM
Adam Drazin/ University College London Joint editor of international peer-reviewed journal Home Cultures UNITED KINGDOM
Shireen Walton/ University College London Writing collaboration for international ASA conference UNITED KINGDOM
Victor Buchli/ University College London Co-editor of international peer-reviewed journal UNITED KINGDOM