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The Power of Things and the Flow of Cultural Transformations


Lecture Series 2009/2010, Thursday 6 pm to 8 pm
Karl Jaspers Centre, Voßstraße 2, Building 4400, 69115 Heidelberg, Conference Room 212

Coordinator: Lieselotte E. Saurma, Research Project D3 "Images of Alterity"

The lecture series aims at describing the role of things, artefacts, luxurious objects, and ideas in cultural processes. Material artefacts such as monuments, paintings, manuscripts, carpets, vessels etc. are signs of cultural self-definition even if they are integrated from far away. Thus culture is in a permanent process of becoming “colonized” by objects getting so familiar, that they are embedded in the social and economic context as “natural” indigenous things, specific signs of this culture. Normally, these processes were not guided consciously; it is rather a question of cultural achievements, of objects being transferred from single groups or even individuals in the language of their own contexts, increasing the own cultural identity. Such forms of transgression demand an inappreciable process of adaptation. Therefore, this effort of integration assumes a translation in inner cultural self-understanding, an adaptation of knowledge and the framing of objects in their new traditional context.    

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For more details please contact:

Prof. Dr. Lieselotte E. Saurma

Anja Eisenbeiß Postdoctoral Researcher

Phillip Sack

Marlon Meierhöfer

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