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WGF International Symp #128 Group Photo
Front: C. Alexander, W. Maurer, E. Povinelli, M. Mahoney, L. Obbink, P. Urteaga-Crovetto. Second Row: D. Sneath, J. Collier, B. Parry, M. Strathern. Third Row: M. Rowlands, A. Rajagopal, S. Sawyer, C. Hayden, C. Rose, K. Verdery, C. Hann. Back Row: A. Seeger, M. Brown, C. Humphrey, A. Riles.

April 6-12, 2001
El Parador, Ronda, Spain

PUBLICATION: Property In Question: Value Transformation in the Global Economy (Katherine Verdery and Caroline Humphrey, Eds.), Berg, Oxford, 2004.

bookcoverCatherine Alexander (University of Cambridge, UK)
Michael F. Brown (Williams College, USA)
Jane F. Collier (Stanford University, USA)
Richard Fox (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Christopher M. Hann (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany)
Cori Hayden (University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, USA)
Caroline Humphrey, organizer (University of Cambridge, UK)
William M. Maurer (University of California, Irvine, USA)
Bronwyn Parry (University of Cambridge, UK)
Elizabeth Povinelli (University of Chicago, USA)
Arvind Rajagopal (New York University, USA)
Annelise Riles (Northwestern University, USA)
Carol Rose (Yale University, USA)
Michael Rowlands (University College, London, UK)
Suzana Sawyer (University of California, Davis, USA)
Anthony Seeger (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
David Sneath (University of Cambridge, UK)
Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge, UK)
Patricia Urteaga-Crovetto (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Katherine Verdery, organizer (University of Michigan, USA)

Final Report

The conference on “Changing Property Relations at the Turn of the Millennium” was aimed at a radical rethinking of the concept of property in anthropology. The need for such a conference arose in considering the seemingly new contexts that face us at the start of the new millennium.  New objects, such as genetic materials, are being seen as “property,” a variety of innovative types of transaction are taking place, and issues of contr