Natural Goods – University of Copenhagen

Natural Goods? Processing Raw Materials in Global Times

This project generates a comparative ethnography of natural resources. Combining ethnology, anthropology and cultural history, the project explores how people across different times and places process specific and widely distributed raw materials. The idea is to view natural resources as co-produced by practices of processing, thereby shedding light on how histories, global hierarchies, colonial connections, and conflicting valuations are enfolded in natural resources. The project fundamentally questions divides between local and global, natural and manufactured, raw and cooked, and engages with the simple but dizzying question: What is nature in cultural analysis?

Commons and Plantations

Read about the subproject: Commons and Plantations in Scandinavia.

The Cocoa Complex

Read about the subproject The Cocoa Complex.

The Champagne of Teas

Read about the subproject The Champagne of Teas.

The Plasticity of Gold

Read about the subproject The Plasticity of Gold.