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Re-thinking objects: Changeabilities and itineraries

  • Philipp Stockhammer (Munich)
Thursday 9 March 2017
Material Agency Forum
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

For a long time, archaeologists, anthropologists and art historians conceptualised things as being stable and static. Although the active role of things in these human-thing-entanglements has increasingly been accepted, the respective potential of things in these networks is still been discussed in the framework of the concept of “agency”.

In his lecture, Philipp Stockhammer would like to analyse the complexity of human-thing-entanglements from a practice-oriented perspective and to focus on the interaction between both sides. In order to better understand these processes, he will discuss the issues of substance and materiality, their intertwined itineraries and the related changeability of things. These changeabilities are the core of the “effectancy” of things, a concept aimed at overcoming “agency” as well as at a better understanding of the power of things.

This approach will then be applied to an archaeological case study, namely the appropriation of Mediterranean feasting vessels in Early Iron Age Central Europe.

This lecture is part of the Material Agency Forum.

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