This panel aims to bring together the research of anthropologists doing research in the Arts, Design and Architecture. The final objective of the panel is to discuss if and how New Materialisms in the domain of the Arts can contribute to anthropological discussions on objects.
In the last decades, there have been many interdisciplinary collaborations between Anthropology, the Arts, Design and Architecture. Many of these collaborations have been based on the exchange of methodologies: ethnographic methods in exchange of visual methods for example. In this panel we want to move forward from these interdisciplinary collaborations based on methodology, to come back to the fundamental concerns of Anthropology, as the conference theme is proposing. One of the central theoretical concerns of Anthropology is the very question of what a "object" is, from discussions on materiality, exchange and the gift through theories of the distributed person, agency, relationality, and ontology. This question has also been central to Art theory and practice all along, but it has taken a new turn recently through the multiple "New Materialisms" that have emerged in that field: from the influence of Science and Technology Studies approaches to Object-oriented ontology and Speculative Realism. This panel is interested in the research of anthropologists working in the domain in the Arts, Design and Architecture, and who have encountered these questions in their fieldwork. The final objective of the panel is to interrogate if and how these New Materialisms in the domain of the Arts can contribute to anthropological discussions on objects.