Material. Culture. Now.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Organized by an interdisciplinary graduate student committee at the University of Delaware, and co-sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, the Sixth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars, “Material. Culture. Now.” provides graduate students and other emerging scholars with a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue relating to the study of material life and culture. The symposium consists of three panels, each followed by the comments of established scholars in the field of material culture. A keynote address will be given by Shirley Wajda, Assistant Professor of History at Kent State University. The event takes place at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and participants are invited to attend free tours of the museum’s unparalleled collection of American decorative art, conservation labs, and research library. This year, participants hail from across the United States and Europe, and the topics and methodological approaches that they have chosen suggest the new directions that material culture scholars will follow in the coming years.
We are pleased to announce that the following speakers will participate in this year’s program:
Sarah J. Chicone, Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY (Paleontological Research Institution): “Reimagining America’s ‘Deserving’: Poverty, Materiality, and the 1913-14 Southern Colorado Coal Strike”
Jennifer Ferng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (History, Theory, & Criticism of Architecture and Art): “The Life of Stones: Geology, Aesthetics, and the Excavation of the Material World”
Eric F. Gollannek, University of Delaware (Art History): “The World I Drank, or Empire in the Punch Bowl”
Martina Grünewald, University of Applied Arts, Vienna (Design History): “Inalienable Possessions of a Different Sort: On the Fading World of Pawnbroking in Vienna”
Lynley Herbert, University of Delaware (Art History): “Egyptian Appliqués: Sewing the Seeds of Cultural Revival”
Sarah Jones, University of Delaware (Winterthur Program in Early American Culture): “‘A Grand and Ceaseless Thoroughfare’: The Social and Cultural Experience of Shopping on Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 1820-1860”
Hillary Kaell, Harvard University (American Studies): “Christian Teens and Biblezines: An Analysis of Revolve: The Complete New Testament”
Juliette Kristensen, Kingston University, London (History of Design): “A Crafty Woman’s Touch: A Phenomenology of Embroidery, Piano Playing and Typing”
Rebecca Onion, University of Texas, Austin (American Studies): “Reclaiming the Machine: Steampunk Practice and the Humanization of the Technological Object”
Comments will be given by Michael Prokopow, Adjunct Professor of Design at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto; Jonathan C. Smith, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Saint Louis University; and Julian Yates, Associate Professor of English and Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware.
For more information and registration materials, please visit our website at:
http://www.udel.edu/materialculture/emerging_scholars.html or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas R. Bell, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware.
Colleen M. Terry, Department of Art History, University of Delaware.
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