P28
Stuff of substance: valuing the tangible in transient states

Convenors:
Kirsty Wissing (Australian National University)
Isabel Bredenbröker (Goethe University Frankfurt/University College London)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Hancock Library, room 2.22
Sessions:
Thursday 5 December, 14:15-16:00

Short abstract:

This panel explores what value people give to materiality during states of uncertainty and transition. It asks how people negotiate a range of values - moral and ethical, practical, aesthetic, and so on - through material objects to inform social interactions and understand their changing worlds.

Long abstract:

This panel explores what value people give to materiality during states of uncertainty and transition. It considers local and socially created perspectives on value with regards to substances and qualities of the material that includes, yet goes further than the thing-ness of objects and artifacts. It asks how people negotiate a range of values - moral and ethical, practical, aesthetic, and so on - through material objects. Whether transitioning from life to death, or a legacy of death back to social life, from childhood to adulthood or adulthood to old age, from social consciousness to social ostracising, this panel seeks papers that consider how value and social interactions between persons and their changing worlds are negotiated through substances. Approaches may include, but are not limited to, new materialist theories, works looking at material culture and the social life of materials as well as interdisciplinary approaches considering the natural sciences and science and technology studies.