The Lives of Things

A conference presented by the Object Cultures Project

April 29th and 30th

25 years after the publication of Arjun Appadurai’s The Social Life of Things (SLOT) this conference seeks to assess the enormous role the volume has played in catalyzing and shaping scholarly interest in things. In both a retrospective and forward-looking spirit, we will explore the ways in which topics such as the circulation of objects, the construction of object “agency,” the transformation of value, and the commodity form have been adopted and adapted from SLOT by a wide variety of scholars. Speakers have been invited to trace a broad and interdisciplinary trajectory from Appadurai’s landmark essay to their own contemporary work on the lives of things.

Keynote address by Arjun Appadurai

April 29th at 4:30

Swift Hall 310

Reception will follow

All conference panels will take place in the Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 East 57th Street


Christy Anderson
Christopher Breward
Wendy Chun
Didier Gondola
Jonathan Lamb
Lynn Meskell
Harvey Molotch
Rosalind Morris