Assembling the Transactions Archive

Taylor Nelms nos cuenta de un muy interesante post y excelente invitación que comienza así:

“Debt seems to be all around us—in monthly credit card statements, newspaper headlines and debates about predatory lending, student loans, austerity and stimulus—and is again at the forefront of popular consciousness and the anthropological imagination. After the recent financial crisis, anthropologists have begun to question what we can contribute to this newly urgent consideration of debt and money. In this short commentary we introduce a potentially fruitful line of inquiry into debt as a set of material practices yielding its own artifacts, lasting and ephemeral. Our call for attention to the material cultures of debt and money is issued in conjunction with the announcement of a new online forum dedicated to documenting and reflecting upon transactions artifacts past, present and future. Housed at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing at the University of California, Irvine and partnering with institutions like the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Khipu Database Project, Transactions brings together artifacts from across the history of debt, money and payment from partner collections and solicits commentary on a rotating group of artifacts from curators, academics and payments professionals. In drawing these artifacts together, we seek to develop a critical awareness of the evolving forms of debt and payment through their diverse material cultures.” http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2013/05/03/material-histories-of-debt-and-payment/

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