How Possession Possesses Us - On the Culture of Things
A dinner speech with Prof. Daniel Miller
Material things rarely have friendly connotations. «Consumer society», «materialism» or even «property» are mostly perceived negatively. Less is more and better: less «stuff» leads to a better quality of life.
Clothing, home, food - we are constantly surrounded by material things, we use and consume them. What does this imply for our social and cultural life? How does our understanding of things, of «stuff», change? How does it differ from other cultures?
By way of ethnographic studies, for which he accompanies a group of people in their daily life during considerable periods of time, Daniel Miller researches the significance of material things across most different themes and regions. Clothing in India, homes in London and Facebook in the world.
At Food for Thought 3.11, Daniel Miller will take an anthropological look at the consumption and materiality of our time. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the habitual hospitality at GDI!
Daniel Miller is a Professor for Material Culture at the University College London (UCL) and fellow of the British Academy. Miller has been committing himself to the understanding of the social and cultural significance of «stuff». His publications range from the categorisation of pottery in Central India to the theory of shopping right through to a large ethnographic study about Facebook (2011).
18.00 Welcome Drink
Words of welcome by David Bosshart, CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute then starters and Prof. Daniel Millers speech followed by the maincourse and dessert.
ca. 22.00 Closing
Date 24 August 2011
Price 1 participant CHF 240.– from 2 participants each CHF 205.–
The fee has to be paid in advance. The price depends on the number of participants from the same firm. Any subsequent participants registered separately will be billed separately. The conference fee includes all food and beverages (including VAT). Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.
Venue Langhaldenstrasse 21 8803 Rüschlikon
Further Language English
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