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The Material Culture Caucus is an interest-based gathering of scholars within the American Studies Association (ASA), the professional organization for American Studies in the United States. Formed in 1994, the caucus seeks to promote the place of material culture studies both within the larger context of American history and culture, and the specific activities of the ASA.
The Material Culture Caucus sponsors a growing range of activities designed to create an ongoing forum for members of the material culture community. We work to address and promote the common interests of scholars and students through a variety of initiatives, which presently include:
The Material Culture Caucus is still an evolving intiative, and we would be delighted to hear your comments and suggestions. Please join!
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Hilton E-Embassy (following the Visual Culture Caucus meeting, same room, 10-11)
Friday, 22 November (with the Visual Culture Caucus)
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Corner of 8th Street and F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Sponsored by Boston University’s American and New England Studies Program, University of Delaware’s Center for Material Culture Studies, the MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design (a program run jointly by Parsons The New School for Design & Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum), and the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of the History of Art.
Sponsored panels and a few others of interest:
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden
Free Admission for ASA participants
10 am - 5 pm Weds - Sat during the conference
Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Thursday November 21, 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
047. Caucus - Material Culture: Credit/Debit, Fealty/Faith: Doing, Subverting, and Archiving America’s Business from the Antebellum Era to Jim Crow
Washington Hilton, C - Cardozo (T)
Christopher Mark Brady Allison, Harvard University (MA)
The Materiality of American Trust: The R.G. Dun Credit Report Volumes
Shirley E. Thompson, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
As Though They Meant Something: Insurance Documents, Indebtedness, and African-American Freedom
Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
The First Cut is the Deepest: Financial Records and the Indebted Archive
CHAIR and COMMENT:
Wendy A. Woloson, Rutgers University, Camden (NJ)
Friday November 22, 10:00 am - 11:45 am
116. Caucus - Material Culture: About Something or for Someone? Curatorial Ethics and Cultural Debts (Off-site)
Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Sarah Anne Carter, Chipstone Foundation (WI)
Nicole Belolan, University of Delaware (DE)
Estella M. Chung, Hillwood Museum (DC)
Jenn Sichel, University of Chicago (IL)
Jonathan Frederick Walz, Rollins College (FL)
Saturday 22 November, 4:00-5:45
Washington Hilton, Concourse Level - Georgetown West (C)
Show me the Money: Museum Conversations of Debt and Commerce
Chair: Ann Smart Martin (University of Wisconsin, Madison (WI))
Panelist: Nancy Davis (Smithsonian Museum of American History (DC))
Panelist: Peter Liebhold (Smithsonian Museum of American History (DC))
Panelist: Kathleen Franz (Smithsonian Museum of American History (DC))
Panelist: David Cowen (Museum of American Finance (NY))
Panelist: Stephen Mihm (University of Georgia (GA))
Panelist: Jessica Lautin (Museum of the City of New York (NY))
Panelist: Deborah Andrews (University of Delaware (DE))
Colleagues in American Studies and material culture,
Born in Nashville in 1994, the Caucus will be 20 at the ASA meeting in Los Angeles in 2014. To prepare for this birthday celebration, we’re launching an “American Studies in 20 objects project,” and I’m writing to solicit your object nomination.
The project was suggested by Shirley Wajda and is inspired by the British Museum’s “A History of the World in 100 Objects” http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/a_history_of_the_world.aspx), which has prompted the New York Times’s “A History of New York in 50 Objects” (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/09/02/nyregion/a-history-of-new-york-in-50-objects.html).
Friday 16 November 2012
Puerto Rico Convention Center 201B
Sarah Ann Carter
The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association invites you to share with colleagues far and wide your undergraduate and graduate course syllabi on any aspect of American Material Culture Studies.
In years past the Caucus has printed and distributed paperback copies of the syllabus exchange. We will now be providing public access to the exchange on the Web.
Syllabi should contain your name, institution, and the full course title. Please delete internal logistical information (office hours,attendance, policies, plagiarism, etc.)
The documents, in PDF format, should be emailed to
Deborah C. Andrews
Center for Material Culture Studies
University of Delaware
Please also forward this request to colleagues!
On September 28-29, 2012, a symposium at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will mark the 60th anniversary of Winterthur/University of Delaware graduate education. Speakers are not limited to Winterthur graduates and
will address the following topics:
* What to Collect & How to Maintain: Availability, Acquisition,Responsibility
* Technology and Accessing Collections
* Balancing Intellectual Relevance with Popular Interest
* The Role of Cultural Heritage Professionals in World Events.
The symposium will present subjects relevant to material culture and conservation. Speakers may be alumni of the Winterthur Program in American
Material Culture, the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (est. 1974), and from other institutions and programs.
The symposium structure will explore the topics through five-minute lightening rounds, twenty- to thirty-minute presentations, and discussion
with speaker panels. Please review the more detailed information on each topic in the complete Call at http://www.sowf.org/symposium2012.html.
the symposium, please visit http://www.sowf.org/symposium2012.
In addition, to highlight a broad spectrum of accomplishments in the
related fields, a silent “slide show” will present relevant institutional
and individual projects either underway or completed. All are invited to
apply by providing one digital image of yourself or your
institution/project/publication, etc., with up to five bullet points
outlining the goals/successes. Topics can relate to various aspects of
cultural management, including fundraising, institutional expansion, actual
or virtual exhibitions and public programs, art conservation, advocacy,
publication, and more. Please send submissions to the contact information
above by August 3rd, 2012.
Society of Winterthur Fellows Board
The symposium is sponsored by the Society of Winterthur Fellows
Rosemary T. Krill
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library