The panel aims to discuss contemporary material culture in everyday 'naturalized' routines. Beyond production and consumption, it will focus on the objects' materiality and its impacts on the relations with subjects and other objects as a means of acknowledging their constitutive potentialities.
The impact of ordinary, often 'invisible', objects in peoples' lives has been acknowledged by contemporary theory as one of the most significant consequences of contemporary material culture. Grounded in a considerable body of ethnographic work that highlights its expressive potential to depict and discuss identity issues and belonging strategies, its relational modalities both with subjects and other objects needs, however, to be further explored. This panel welcomes theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions to the discussion of the roles played by contemporary mass-produced materiality in the making of everyday life, as well as in perceiving and shaping the world. Specifically, we aim to go beyond objects' expressive dimensions and a) focus on objects' physicality, functions and performances in specific cultural contexts; b) make room for the discussion of their potentialities, as well as of their limits and resistance to appropriation; c) observe their relations in broader constellations of objects; and d) characterize contemporary systems of categorization and evaluation of contemporary material culture.