Repertoires of Public Giving: Elite Philanthropy in Gift-Theoretical and Comparative Perspective

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS Thunbergssalen, Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2
  • Lecturer: Ilana F. Silber, Guest of the Principal, SCAS. Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Sandra Maria Rekanovic
  • Seminarium

The aim of my talk will be three-fold: first, to position the study of public giving in relation to current trends of gift research and theory; second, to develop the idea of repertoires of public giving, and consider how it may help raise some new avenues of comparative and historical interpretation; third, to discuss the current rise of elite, or as it is now also often called, mega-philanthropic giving, to a place of increasing prominence yet also highly controversial status in the public arena worldwide. I suggest to approach this lopsided configuration and the accompanying embattled confrontation of stances and emotions, from a combined macro-institutional and cultural perspective. This will mean, in particular, drawing attention to the part played by evolving frames of gift-interpretation and the way in which these combine with shifting characteristics of the public sphere at large.
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