The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Symposium - Secondhand Culture: Waste, Value, and Materiality, April 15-16, 2010, Bard Graduate Center

Symposium – Secondhand Culture: Waste, Value, and Materiality

Thursday, April 15, 2010 – Friday, April 16, 2010

Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY

Secondhand Culture: Waste, Value, and Materiality explores the ways in which objects ranging from clothing to collectibles to trash have been constructed and experienced. Scholars of Theater, History, Geography, and Art and Design History discuss this vital new area at the intersection of consumerism, material culture studies, cultural geography, and artmaking.

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

5:00 pm – Welcome: Michele Majer
Assistant Professor, Bard Graduate Center

5:15 pm – Film Screening: "Secondhand (Pepe)", (2007)
followed by Q&A with the filmmakers Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi

6:00 pm – Reception

6:30 pm – William Davies King
Professor of Theater, University of California Santa Barbara
"Suited for Nothing: Collecting Second-Hand"

Friday, April 16, 2010, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:15 am – Welcome: Catherine Whalen
Assistant Professor, Bard Graduate Center

9:30 am – Shirley Teresa Wajda
"Secondhand Culture Studies: A View from the Rust Belt"

10:10 am – Alexandra Palmer
Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
"Back to Back: Retro-fitting Fashion within the Museum"

10:50 am – Coffee Break

11:15 am – Alison Isenberg
Associate Professor, History, Rutgers University
"Second-Hand Cities: Antiques, Inheritance, and Preservation from the Civil War to Urban Renewal"

12:00 pm – Lunch Break

1:30 pm – Nicky Gregson
Professor, Geography, University of Sheffield
"Death, the Phoenix, and Pandora: End of Life Ships,
Chock-Chocky Furniture and the Bangladeshi Middle Class"

2:10 pm – Marilynn Gelfman Karp
Emeritus Professor of Art, New York University
"In Flagrante Collecto: Caught in the Act of Collecting"

2:50 pm – Susan Strasser
Professor, History, University of Delaware

3:30 pm – Open Discussion moderated by Amy F. Ogata
Associate Professor, Bard Graduate Center

This symposium is organized by Catherine Whalen, Amy F. Ogata, Michele Majer, and Pat Kirkham at the Bard Graduate Center. It is free and open to the public. RSVP required to 212.501.3019, For additional information contact Alex Phelan,

1 comment:

J said...

Hey kids, look - our charity shopping is apparently sited at the "intersection of consumerism, material culture studies, cultural geography, and artmaking". Aren't you proud to be a member of the avantgarde?