Since its founding in 1994, the Material Culture Caucus has bridged the gap between university-based and museum-based scholars to promote the study of material culture in American studies programs. It sponsors various activities connected with the American Studies Association's annual meeting and also develops educational and scholarly resources for scholars and teachers in the field. We welcome your comments and suggestions as we pursue material-culture oriented initiatives.
Annual ASA conference:
- Scholarly panels. The Caucus solicits and arranges sessions related to material culture studies for presentation at the annual conference.
- Business meeting. Participation in the meeting, where plans for the next year are addressed, is open to any interested member of the ASA. The agenda is posted in advance on this blog. As part of the Caucus’s activities we also maintain ties with the leadership of the ASA.
- Reception. Usually held on the Friday night of the conference, the reception, which is jointly sponsored with the Visual Culture Caucus, presents an informal opportunity for interaction and collegiality among members of the Caucus and guests.
Educational and scholarly resources:
The caucus provides resources to promote teaching, research, and publication in material culture, broadly defined. The blog on the ASA site is one resource. Another is our page on H-Material Culture, which includes calls for proposals and course syllabi as well as links to videos, collections of postings from other blogs in the field, and the like.