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Conference "Lost in Things"

Nov 21, 2013

Functions and meanings of the material world is the topic of an international conference in late November in Frankfurt. The event was organized by Prof. Hans Peter Hahn, Dr. Martin Fotta (both Goethe-University Frankfurt) and Cluster member Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer.

Under the title "Lost in Things - Questioning Functions and Meanings of the Material World", the conference highlighted processes of re-evaluation that emerge from the discovery and realization of additional properties of things. Leading scholars from anthropology and archaeology contributed to the topic, e.g. Prof. Patricia Spyer (Leiden) talked about "A Night at the Museum in Maluku: Animacy, Materiality, Aesthetics", Dr. Philipp Stockhammer demonstrated "How Things Unsettle Us" and Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (Heidelberg) gave a talk on "Incompatible (?). Exotic Seals in the Bronze Age Aegean and the Tension between Social Practice and Affordance". Further speakers at the conference included Sebastian Schellhaas, Mario Schmidt, Bjørnar Julius Olsen, Jennifer M. Bagley, Ludek Brož, Alesya Krit, þóra Pétursdóttir, Federico Buccellati, Jens Soentgen, and Martin Holbraad.

To a limited extent the conference was a follow-up to a lecture series entitled "The Obstinacy of Objects" (Eigensinn der Dinge), organized by the Research Training Group "Value and Equivalence" during the winter term 2012/13, and the Panel "The Obstinacy of Things", organized by Dr. Philipp Stockhammer in cooperation with Prof. Hans Peter Hahn at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" in October 2012.

The conference "Lost in Things - Questioning Functions and Meanings of the Material World" was held from November 28 to 29, 2013, at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. The event was organized by Dr. Martin Fotta from the Research Training Group 1576 "Value and Equivalence", Prof. Hans Peter Hahn from the Institute for Social Anthropology - both located at the Goethe-University Frankfurt - and Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer.

Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer is a Postdoctoral Researcher and head of the project MC8.2 "Innovation Management – Bronze Age Entanglements between Asia and Europe" at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Besides, he is affiliated with the Institute of Pre- and Protohistory at Heidelberg University.

Further information:
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