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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Conference Alert: The Fifth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars

From H-Material Culture:

The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware is pleased to announce The Fifth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Copeland Lecture Hall, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate Winterthur, Delaware

Free special tours of Winterthur and local sites occur on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.
For full schedule and additional details visit
Direct link to registration:

This annual symposium provides emerging scholars ­ graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines -- with a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue centering on material culture. By freeing scholars from chronological and topical restraints, we encourage discussion across perceived boundaries of discipline, medium, and methodology. This symposium is organized and run by graduate students at the University of Delaware.

This event, now in its fifth year, brings together scholars from fields including History, Anthropology, Art History, English, and American studies. The day is organized around three panels of three papers each, with comments by established scholars ­ Charles Hummel (Winterthur Museum), David Brody (Parsons School of Design), and Lynn Meskell (Stanford
University). The day will end with a keynote address by Susan Strasser,
historian of American consumer culture. We invite emerging and established scholars, museum professionals, and interested members of the public to join us for an exciting day of new scholarship.

The symposium and special tours are free. We encourage you to pre-register online up until April 10th. On-site registration will also be available at the symposium. We require pre-registration for all special tours.
Registration available at
Email for additional information.

The Fifth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars (MCSES)
MCSES 2007 Committee Chairs:
• Bess Williamson, History of American Civilization, University of Delaware:
• Lara Pascali, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of

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