This panel seeks to present and further the understanding of the dynamics of cultural production by tracing the intertwined biographies of people and things.
Several studies on material artefacts have focused on the movement of objects and images through space and time (Appadurai:1986; Kopytoff:1986; Steiner: 1994, 1999; Davis:1997; Hoskins:1998; Thomas:1991; Shreen:2010, 2015, 2016; Basu:2017). As people and objects traverse geographical boundaries and varied socio-cultural contexts, things do not have a fixed form, use, meaning, status or value. Thus object lives should not be mistaken as static but rather fluid involving dynamic processes of production, appropriation, consumption, (re)contextualisation and circulation that are driven by myriad factors including globalization, transnational movements such as tourism and migration, arts and crafts activism, heritage discourses, business agenda etc. Crucial to the comprehension of mobility in relation to people and things is the notion of agency, the evocative role of objects and images, and material mediation in the (re)construction of the selfhood of their producers and consumers. The transformation among people in terms of their social status, identity formation and emotional subjectivity, gives additional perspectives on the ways in which different producers and users of objects have situated themselves in specific social and political settings. This panel thus seeks to present and further the understanding of the dynamics of cultural production by tracing the intertwined biographies of people and things. We welcome papers and films from academicians and film-makers working in the fields of anthropology, art, fashion, design, museum studies and visual media.