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Cleaning and Value - Interdisciplinary Workshop with perspectives from Anthropology and Archaeology


The term cleaning refers to a conglomerate of practices. These are rooted in social norms, morals and organizational structures. Regarding the essential, inclusive multiplicity of the term, we may call it a soft concept. In this regard, aspects of materiality, social organisation, creation and conservation of value, devaluation as well as destruction come into play. Questions of evaluation combine with issues around the term cleaning. Subsequently, we understand cleaning in contrast to established terms, such as the idea of kinship in anthropology, as a term, which combines several elements and has not been established as a method or theoretical keyword in a discursive frame. Moreover, it is the aim of the workshop to question and to make different meanings of cleaning productive for positions in anthropology, archaeology and neighbouring disciplines.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 08-09-10-11/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Goethe University (Frankfurt am Main - Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Isabel Bredenbröker, Christina Hanzen, Felix Kotzur (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main)

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