Alongside of the Seminar Series and Symposia, the BGC has established several long-term relationships designed to create spheres in which institutional and individual collaborative projects could be undertaken.


Our Cultural Sciences Campus connects the BGC with leading global institutions in our neighborhood: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, American Museum of Natural History, and Frick Collection. The Consortium for American Material Culture was created by the as a think tank for discussing the practice and future of material culture studies.  The Trehan Research Fund in Arts of the Islamic World was established by a gift of Ravi and Seran Trehan in 2007 and sponsors lectures, seminars and panel discussions.

The BGC also sponsors a journal, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, and a monograph series, Cultural Histories of the Material World, with the University of Michigan Press.

The Bard Graduate Center will host its third NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers for four weeks in July of 2015. The institute will focus on the material culture of 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. With leading practitioners from the multi-disciplinary material culture field as its faculty, the city will be the laboratory to explore some of the important issues of broad impact that go well beyond New York.

A fellowship program, including a stipendiary post-doctoral fellow and non-stipendiary Visiting Scholars, represents a vision of the BGC as a research community.

The BGC invites applications for one two-year post-graduate fellowship funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation designed to help bridge the gap between objects as studied by conservators and objects as studied by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology). View the compete description here.

Giving students an opportunity to create their own research culture is very important, and is reflected in our generous support of student research and travel, as well as an annual graduate student symposium.

Sponsored by the BGC with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Catena Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes is an interactive image database focused on the history of gardens and landscapes from ancient Roman archaeological sites to 19th century Hudson Valley estates.

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