• "The Lives of Things" conference, organized by the Object Cultures Project within the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of The Social Life of Things, and the impact of Arjun Appadurai’s introduction to that volume of essays. Concerned with more than a retrospective, we are interested in how the impact of his “methodological fetishism” (along with the conceit that commodities have social lives) has converged with, or diverged from, the subsequent impact of Bruno Latour’s understanding of object agency or Deleuze and Guattari’s materialist vitalism; we are also interested in the ways in which subsequent research has refined the insights provided by that book.

    Sponsored by 3CT, the Franke Institute, the Department of Anthropology Lichtstern Conference Fund, the Division of the Humanities, the Division of the Social Sciences, the Department of English Language and Literature, the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, the Smart Museum, and the Department of Art History.

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Schedule Confusions

All, Please note that we have had some significant last-minute changes. Please download the CORRECT program here: Final LOT Program or see the schedule in html online here. Advertisements

Conference Venues

The Franke Institute for the Humanities: Swift Hall (click for map)

UChicago Campus Maps: Links

Full campus: http://maps.uchicago.edu/campus.shtml North campus (Smart Museum, Regenstein Library): http://maps.uchicago.edu/north/ The Quadrangles (Swift Hall): http://maps.uchicago.edu/mainquad/

Schedule Confirmed

**Please note all events will take place in the Franke Institute for Humanities, 1100 E. 57th Street**   The Lives of Things April 29-30, 2011 The Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 E 57th St. Friday, April 29 1:00-1:15 p.m. Introduction and Opening Remarks by Bill Brown | Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture … Continue reading

April 29-30

The Lives of Things A conference presented by The Object Cultures Project in The Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 E. 57th Street April 29th and 30th “The Lives of Things” conference, organized by the Object Cultures Project (OCP) and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), explores the ‘life’ of Appadurai’s Social Lives of Things … Continue reading