Things: The Material Worlds of Humanity

Brown University
Graduate Seminar Course

Koç University, Istanbul
Core Curriculum Course

This course explores the relationships between people and things. From archaeology to material culture studies, contemporary art to design theory and from philosophy to science studies, we will examine a wide variety of approaches to the world of objects, artifacts, and material goods. Perspectives will include materialist approaches, consumption studies (including notions of fetish), phenomenology, social constructivism, cognitive approaches, actor-network-theory, and more.

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Cases of Curiosity (2008) by Fiona Hallinan