W.J.T. Mitchell

Totemism, Fetishism, Idolatry

Vortrag im Rahmen der Konferenz "Migrating Images"

W. J. T. Mitchell [link 01]

W. J. T. Mitchell



This paper explores the migration of three categories of uncanny "image-objects," totems, fetishes, and idols, in relation to the stages of imperialism and colonialism (conquest, mercantile exchange, administrative dominance, and globalized capital "flows"). The aim is to show how these categories are rooted in imperial "objectivities" constructed around "secondary beliefs"-- i.e., beliefs about the beliefs of other people. My aim is also to show how these categories of objecthood "come home" and take on a second life in the aesthetic ideologies of empire, especially the category of the aesthetic object as such.

KünstlerInnen / AutorInnen

  • W.J.T. Mitchell, Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago › Biografie [link 02]


  • 7. November 2003


Haus der Kulturen der Welt




Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Deutschland

Eingabe des Beitrags

, 26.01.2004


  • Vortrag


  • Themen:
    • Globalisierung

Ergänzungen zur Schlagwortliste

  • Fetish |
  • Imperialismus |
  • Idol |
  • Totem |
  • Kolonialismus
  • › Migrating Images [link 03]

» http://www.hkw.de/de…ngimages/c_index.html [link 04]

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