There is no society without an idea about ‘Value’ and ‘Equivalence’ worldwide, although these concepts have a different content in every society. Furthermore, these concepts constitute highly appropriate approaches to the study of material culture. By focusing the research program toward these concepts, the participating disciplines, archaeological sciences, cultural anthropology and Sinology, obtain a valuable approach to the study of material things in different societies in different eras and on five continents. Based on the case studies under study in the individual dissertation projects, the participants of the Research Training Group (RTG) will be enabled to explain the embedding of material objects in different cultural contexts. Simultaneously it is expected that the in-depth-study of the empirical data will lead to new an extended insights into the nature of value and equivalence. The RTG assumes here a mutually fertilizing process: The well established and widely debated terms value an equivalence make it possible to articulate new and extended interpretations of the case studies in question.

15. November 2018

Jo Stoner (University of Kent)

The Meanings of Domestic Possessions: Identifying personal value in the material culture of Late Antiquity
IG-Farbenhaus, EG 311, 16:15 Uhr
Jour fixe, WiSe 2018_19
10. January 2019

Krishnendu Ray (NYU Steinhardt)

Incommensurable values in an unequal world: hierarchy of taste
IG-Farbenhaus, EG 311, 16:15 Uhr
Jour fixe, WiSe 2018_19
31. January 2019

John Chapman (Durham University)

Place-value in European prehistory
IG-Farbenhaus, EG 311, 16:15 Uhr
Jour fixe, WiSe 2018_19


17. August 2018
Promotion - Klassische Archäologie

Wir gratulieren Laura Picht zu der erfolgreich bestandenen Disputation. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

08. March 2018
Faszination der Dinge. Werte weltweit in Archäologie und Ethnologie

Die Vorbereitungen für unsere Ausstellung laufen bereits auf Hochtouren. Vom 29. November 2018 bis 24. Februar 2019 wird die dritte Ausstellung des Kollegs im Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität am Schaumainkai zu sehen sein.