NEH Summer Institute

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We are delighted to be hosting this four week summer institute in July of 2015 for 18 college teachers and other participants in the study of American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York. Our goal is to bring this exciting field into wider use for teaching and research in the humanities. 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. 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 are most fortunate in having a wealth of leading scholars and practitioners in this interdisciplinary field of study to join us as faculty. Please see our list of scholars and institutions below. We welcome applications from faculty and others with some experience doing object-based work, as well as those who have never taught or studied material culture. This website will offer a brief overview of our goals and plans for the institute along with other information on logistical matters such as housing.

For more information, please contact:

Zahava Friedman-Stadler
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
212.501.3026 /

David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center (Director)
Kenneth L. Ames, Bard Graduate Center
Debra Schmidt-Bach, New-York Historical Society
Joshua Brown, Graduate Center, CUNY
Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Yale University
Cynthia Copeland, New York University
Ivan Gaskell, Bard Graduate Center
Katherine C. Grier, University of Delaware
Bernard L. Herman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kimon Keramidas, Bard Graduate Center
Cindy Lobel, Lehman College
Amelia Peck, Metropolitan Museum of Art
John Kuo Wei Tchen, New York University
Catherine Whalen, Bard Graduate Center

American Folk Art Museum
American Museum of Natural History
Glenview, Hudson River Museum
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Chinese in America
New-York Historical Society
New York Public Library
Yale University Art Gallery  


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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