Things, Interrupted - towards an anthropological theory of hoarding

CLUE+ and the VU Arts and Culture group cordially invite you the second lecture of the lecture series: Key ideas/Thinkers in Material Culture Studies.

03/16/2018 | 10:00 AM

Date:  March 16 2018
Time:   10:00-12:00
Venue: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105,
Main Building, Room 6A33

In the spring of 2018, Prof. dr. Wayne Modest will explore, together with three international guests, some of the key thinkers and ideas that have shaped the increasingly popular field of material culture studies.
In this lecture, material culture studies will be explored in relation to the study of consumption and hoarding.What would a theory of hoarding look like if it were not psychological? Can recent innovations in anthropological theory not furnish the intrepid anthropologist with tools to understand the phenomenon of hoarding that are not predicated on the assumption that hoarding is something that happens in people’s minds? The guest lecture will focus on the things that are hoarded and the relationships that they have with hoarders and that hoarders have with them.
The lectures are public and free of charge. Please register for the lecture via this link:

Fahio Gygi is a lecturer in Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). He has done work in historical anthropology, looking at the material culture of war and how `unspeakable` war experiences were embodied in artefacts. This led to his interest in materiality, the relationships people entertain with their possessions and the way gender is materialized through things. Dr Gygi has done extensive fieldwork in Tokyo, where he helped people clean up their apartments and houses as a form of participant observation and conducted interviews with hoarders, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

This is the second in a series of three lectures. The last lecture, Trajectories in Material Culture: Thinking The Digital by Dr. Haidy Geismar (UCL), will take place on April 20th.