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Published on Feb 9, 2017
We tend to pay more attention to living beings than objects, failing to notice the complexities of the things that surround us, neglecting the differences between ‘the obsidian fragment, the gypsum crystal, the capsicum pepper, and the propane flame’ (Ian Bogost). But what if we are wrong to think of objects as inert and unimportant? What if objects can act? What if objects can help us to bridge the perceived gap between ourselves and the world around us? Our panel will consider the significance of objects between the personal and philosophical.
Speakers Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London Daniel Miller, Professor of Anthropology, University College London Carolyn Shapiro, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Falmouth University
Chair Danielle Sands, Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow