Donor Plaques: Traces of Generosity?


Podcast "Philanthropy in question(s)" - Episode 29

Donor plaques: traces of generosity? - Anne Monier

Does giving leave a trace? As material evidence of generosity, donor plaques are a reminder that giving is not a one-off practice that disappears once the gift has been made: it is a social and political practice that can leave a trace.

In this episode, Anne Monier presents one of her own writings: a chapter entitled "Leaving a Trace: Donor Plaques as Material Evidences of Generosity?" published in the collective book What People Leave Behind: Marks, Traces, Footprints and their Relevance to Knowledge Society (Springer, 2023).

The researcher focuses on donor plaques and naming, pointing out that the study of philanthropy through its material aspects remains rare, even though materiality often unveils broader logics. Being controversial objects on the rise in Europe, donor plaques provide an opportunity to consider philanthropy not only as a practice, but also through its symbolic aspects.

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