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The Material Self: A History of Humans and Things, Fifteenth-Century to the Twenty First

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  • Wed 05 Oct 2016 11.30 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-10-05 11:30 2016-10-05 13:00 Europe/Paris The Material Self: A History of Humans and Things, Fifteenth-Century to the Twenty First

What we consume has become a central – perhaps the central – feature of modern life. Our economies live or die by spending, and we increasingly define ourselves by our possessions. This ever-richer lifestyle has had a profound impact on our planet. How have we come to live with so much stuff, and how has this changed the course of history? In this lecture, Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary story of our modern material world, from Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today’s global economy. In particular, he will explore the rise of a new “material self” that fundamentally changed how humans relate to things. With an eye to the future, he will ask about potential insights for historical method and the kinds of materials, questions and sources that might guide the next generation of historians. This lecture will inaugurate the academic year 2016-2017 at the Department of History and Civilization.

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What we consume has become a central – perhaps the central – feature of modern life. Our economies live or die by spending, and we increasingly define ourselves by our possessions. This ever-richer lifestyle has had a profound impact on our planet. How have we come to live with so much stuff, and how has this changed the course of history? In this lecture, Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary story of our modern material world, from Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today’s global economy. In particular, he will explore the rise of a new “material self” that fundamentally changed how humans relate to things. With an eye to the future, he will ask about potential insights for historical method and the kinds of materials, questions and sources that might guide the next generation of historians. This lecture will inaugurate the academic year 2016-2017 at the Department of History and Civilization.


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Sala del Consiglio

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

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Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck College London)

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