Why do we have too much stuff, and what can we do about it? Frank Trentmann will talk about the history of consumption, and the goods that have transformed our lives over the past 600 years.
Date and time: Sun 30 April, 15:00 – 16:45
Location: auditorium, Natlab, Eindhoven
Accessible with a day ticket (€25,00 – regular / €20,00 – student), or passe-partout (Early Bird €50) for Economia festival, which gives you access to all program items (except the Masterclass).
More info and tickets: http://bit.ly/2npVLAM
What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies thrive or wither by our spending. We are increasingly being treated as consumers rather than workers, and even public services are presented to us in the same manner as products in a supermarket. In his monumental study Empire of Things (2016), Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British empire to the present. Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so many products, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.
Frank Trentmann is a Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a specialist in the history of consumption.