Abstract - The Information Society 24(1)

Remembering Things

Michael Arnold, Christopher Shepherd, and Martin Gibbs

In an attempt to listen to things, and to unpack the dynamics and particularities of the role of things in constituting memory (and the role of memory in constituting things), we argue four points: that relations between things are crucial; that things provide us with markers of time, place, purpose, and identity; that these markers are historically obdurate; and that things act in ways that transcend semiotics. Each of these four – relations, markers, obduracy, and actions – are significant for and constitutive of memory. The argument is thus antirepresentational, suggesting that the world is perfectly capable of representing itself, and that our understanding of the world is immanent in the world and its relations.


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