American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York
NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers
At the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
New York City, July 1-26, 2013
Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence
such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative
arts, and many other types of material.
The Bard Graduate Center will host a four-week NEH Summer Institute on
American Material Culture. The institute will focus on the material
culture of the nineteenth century and use New York as its case study
because of its role as a national center for fashioning cultural
commodities and promoting consumer tastes. We will study significant
texts in the scholarship of material culture together as well as in
tandem with visiting some of the wonderful collections in and around
New York City for our hands-on work with artifacts. The city will be
our laboratory to explore some of the important issues of broad impact
that go well beyond New York.
We welcome applications from college teachers and other scholars with
some experience doing object-based work, as well as those who have
never taught or studied material culture. Application materials and
other information about content, qualifications, stipends, housing,
etc. is available at http://bgc.bard.edu/neh-institute.
The application deadline is March 4, 2013.
David Jaffee, Project Director
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
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