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Animate Objects: Encounters Between People and Things
Animate Objects will explore our diverse relationships to things, and the values and meanings that we attribute to them. Positioning artefacts as active and powerful agents in human relations it asks how consumer and consumed relate to one another in contemporary commodity culture.
This one-day symposium will present varied theoretical approaches to object relations, exploring the object as a thing of social value, a locus of emotional experience, a powerful and empowering tool, and an agent capable of disrupting dominant discourses.
The day will bring together speakers from disciplines including; anthropology, history, material culture, psychology, fashion, visual art, and design. Each panel will present a critical approach to consumer culture and object relations examining how objects become meaningful, and provide us with meaning.