Materiality and politics in Latin America.

Objetos Poderosos
Via Ricardo Andres Labra Mocarquer
Symposium in Santiago, Chile. November.
The way “things” are analyzed in the contemporary world had changed, from antiquarians to different approaches in social science, philosophy, arts, arquitecture and other discipline witch  have ascertained the importance of the role that objects play in societies.
The objects with which we interact predetermine the existence of various struggles around certain economics of power in the contemporary world. Tools, technologies, images, all of these can become agents on the road to empowerment or inequality, ranging from the performative elements of current or daily protests to the mechanisms of vigilance and repression.
We would like to invite scholars in various disciplines to join us in discussing the role of objects in the ways politics is conceived and practiced. An a priori temporal limit of these phenomena will not be imposed nor will any specific temporality of the issues analyzed privileged, but it is expected that the speakers who participate are able to stablish links between their presentations and present day reality of the Latin America’s contemporary outlook.
Works will be accepted that discuss, for example, the following framework themes:

  • Spaces of physical material control, the naturalisation of those spaces through objects, militarized zones
  • Technologies for the transmission of ideas and political, state and critical propaganda.
  • New shapes of the materialisation of the political being.
  • Socio-political identities analysed in regards to the appropriation and the consumption of objects.
  • Materialisation of migrant lives.
  • The political agency of objects.
  • Gender materialisations.
  • Religious and politic materiality.
  • New material forms of the Anthropocene.

The deadline for the Abstract submitting is 31 July of 2017.
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Event organized by the Master’s program in Sociocultural Anthropology and the Master’s Program in Archeology at the Universidad de Chile.

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