Collecting Things, Collecting People

RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey
Center for Cultural Analysis
Friday, January 29, 2010
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Free and open to the university community and the public
Alexander Library
Teleconference Lecture Hall (4th Floor)
169 College Avenue
College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Etymologies of ‘collect’ point to practices of assembling and gathering, with historical reference to money, religious congregation and political organization. Scholars have recently insisted on the need to understand ‘the social’ as constituted by processes of assembling, while ‘things’ have been re-interpreted through the human collectives that make them meaningful. How do human groups produce collections of things, and how do their collections produce social organization? Scholars from history, history of science, literature and philosophy will explore the reciprocity between collecting things and collecting people and the novel mixtures that emerge from encounters between cultural worlds.
James Delbourgo (History, Rutgers University)
Ann Fabian (American Studies and History, Rutgers University)
Alessandra Russo (Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University)
Miguel Tamen (Literature, University of Lisbon; Romances Language, University of Chicago)
John Tresch (History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania)
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