The first of this year's M.I. Rostovtzeff lectures focuses on the principle of assemblages -- groupings of material objects which mediate the relationships of individuals within a political system.
Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology at Cornell University, explores how the significance of an assemblage exists simultaneously within multiple, overlapping relationships, surrounding, intruding upon, shaping, and constraining sociopolitical life. Assemblages are the machinery of sociopolitical reproduction, generating three critical conditions of political association: a civilization open to rule, a sovereign body severed from the wider public, and an apparatus of rule. Each of these conditions points to the three key points of intersection between human bodies and material things: sense, sensibility, and sentiment.
The Sovereignty of Assemblages
April 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
New York University
15 E 84th Street
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