April 14: Material culture symposium

Center for Material Culture Studies sets symposium for emerging scholars

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12:47 p.m., March 5, 2012--The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware will co-sponsor the 10th annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars on Saturday, April 14, at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. 

The symposium will feature presentations by 12 emerging scholars on a variety of material culture topics, with an emphasis on object-based research that may reshape how people understand culture and history. 

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Kariann Yokota, assistant professor of American studies and history at Yale University, is the keynote speaker and will be presenting on her new book, Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation. Yokota's recent focus has been on using material culture studies to expand the topic of postcolonial scholarship.

At the symposium, distinguished scholars will provide commentary on the papers and discussion sessions. Those who attend the symposium also have the opportunity to take special tours of Winterthur's collections with graduate students of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, including tours of the Winterthur library and conservation labs. For more information, visit the symposium website.

Article by Andrea Muddiman

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