Panel: Analytical Importance of Everyday Words and Objects

A session at Third Zuckerman Conference at the Mellon Biennial

Thursday 9th April, 2015

1:45pm to 3:45pm (EST)

New social objects and meanings can be created by considering everyday words and objects in different disciplinary analyses. With this in mind, the panelists respond to a series of self-posed practical but disciplinarily and intellectually interesting questions. How has the process of assigning blame and responsibility for the recent Great Repression been structured? What is the role of apparently innocuous objects, such as American chocolate bars and perfumed clay pots in shaping current cultural, political and racial regimes of inequality? What is the social and economic importance of authenticity in for-profit businesses, as exemplified in the craft-beer business? Why should old age be a matter for historical study and so a part of interdisciplinary gerontological work—an interdisciplinarity that has to be constructed and not assumed?

Felipe Gaitan-Ammann, Assistant Professor of Anthropology/University of Chicago
Notes on the Crooks: Getting Personal on the Grillo and Lomelin Slave Trading Business, 1662-74

Olivia Nicol, Research Associate, Mellon Program, INCITE/Columbia University
The Blame Game for the Financial Crisis, 2007-10

Paul-Brian McInerney, Assistant Professor of Sociology/University of Illinois at Chicago
The Dynamics of Artisanal Industries: Collaboration and Competition Among Craft-Brewers

James Chappel, Assistant Professor of History/Duke University
Theses on the Historical Discipline’s Neglect of the Elderly

Abigail Coplin, Department of Sociology & Mellow Fellow, Columbia University

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Time 1:45pm3:45pm EST

Date Thu 9th April 2015

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