P19
The object of value

Convenors:
Elizabeth Bonshek (British Museum)
Lindy Allen (University of Queensland)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Hancock Library, room 2.22
Sessions:
Wednesday 4 December, 9:00-10:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

The panel explores the various ways in which value is expressed through objects and the diverse ways objects have been explored in terms of their materiality, their artistic or expressive power using anthropological methodologies.

Long abstract:

This panel explores the various ways in which value is expressed through objects and the diverse ways objects have been explored in terms of their materiality, their artistic or expressive power. Our aim is to demonstrate the value of anthropology in creating broader cross-cultural understandings pertaining to contemporary production, consumption and creative expression, as well as to legacy collections in museums or private collections or elsewhere, and of the concurrence of knowledge and thought that moves beyond expressions of cultural identity. Through analyses of distribution, connection, transmission and the development of objects in both the past and the present, anthropological approaches assist our understandings of how the world has come to be the way it is: the myriad effects of globalization on the use and production of objects; the repercussions of climate change on their production; and efforts that draw upon objects new and old to maintain and strengthen cultural practices to affect change in the future. What are the social, economic and/or symbolic values that drive people to make, create, preserve or destroy cultural objects?