A shoe, a broken watch and marbles
How objects shape our memory and our future
Keywords:objects, mass atrocities, human-object relations, memory politics, sociology of emotions
The desire objects, i.e., personal items of the missing or killed found on the site of mass atrocities, are often understood as the last tangible link with the absent person. In this paper I try to conceptualise what is happening in this human-object relationship and how those relationships are shaped when desire objects move through different social circuits. I demonstrate how the emotional energy charge changes with their transitions from one circuit to another which consequently leads to the alteration of the perceived value of desire objects’. Using the biography and the ascribed agency of desire objects, I trace how human-object relations shape political action.
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