The 11th Annual Material Culture Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Eleven emerging scholars will present on a diverse set of material culture topics, exploring the themes of race and cultural memory, public space and commemoration, and gender and the exchange of knowledge. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum, investigates the potential of object-based research to expand and even reinvent our understanding of culture and history. This year’s keynote speaker is Jennifer Jane Marshall, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Comments will be given by Cynthia Falk, Professor of Material Culture at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Martin Brückner, Associate Professor of English and Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, and Jennifer van Horn, Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University. This year’s presenters represent the fields of American studies, English, visual and cultural studies, history, art history, and the histories of decorative arts, material culture and design.
Attendees will have the opportunity to take special tours of Winterthur’s collections with graduate students of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. For the full program, abstracts of the papers to be presented, and registration details, please visit http://www.udel.edu/materialculture/emerging_scholars.html .
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