American Material Culture: 19th-Century New York
NEH Summer Institute 2017
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We at Bard Graduate Center are delighted to host American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York. This four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute (July 3–28, 2017) offers eighteen college and university educators an opportunity to explore the use of material culture, both in their research and as an instructional medium, using New York City as their lab.
The goal of this Institute is to bring the exciting field of material culture studies into wider use for both teaching and research in the humanities. It will focus on the material culture of the nineteenth century, using New York City as its case study. Then as now, the city was a national center for fashioning cultural commodities and promoting consumer tastes, and we will explore this rich material record through field trips and exclusive sessions with curators. Summer Scholars will study significant texts in the scholarship of material culture, develop their own skills in artifact analysis, and explore material culture pedagogy through hands-on activities and discussion. Leading scholars and practitioners will join our interdisciplinary research community as guest faculty; there will be plenty of opportunities for conversation about their research and teaching, and about Summer Scholars’ research interests.
Whether you have some experience with object-based work, or you have never taught with or studied material culture, you are welcome to apply. This website offers a brief overview of our plans for the Institute along with other information on logistical matters such as housing.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.