The Social Life of Things

Fr04Mär14:00Fr18:30The Social Life of ThingsVeranstaltungsartSymposium


Objects are produced and exchanged, desired and transferred. While they can be said to condense and contain the ‘real’ of social relations, they never become fully transparent. Instead, problematizing oppositions between the inside and the outside, the subjective and the social, they are media for social relations and conflicts, as well as media that help constitute and transform subjects with their singular desires and forms of enjoyment. How are objects differently constructed and animated by the social and the individual? In what sense do moderns remain animist in their relation to the unconscious and to notions of ownership and property? Engaging with Monique David-Ménard’s book La Vie sociale des choses: L’Animisme et les objects (2020), this symposium seeks to explore how the always local opacity of objects entangles psychoanalysis and anthropology, philosophy and politics.

In English

14:00-16:00 Part I

Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky
Iracema Dulley

16:00-16:00 Coffee Break

16:30–18:30 Part II

Vladimir Safatle
Marcus Coelen
General discussion with Monique David-Ménard

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4. März 2022 14:00 - 18:30(GMT+02:00)


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