The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware helps to integrate and enhance the University's rich resources for the creation, study, and conservation of material culture.

The Material Culture of War

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A Fall, 2014, colloquium sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies

On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, this series of talks by faculty, advanced graduate students, and experts from the community provides interdisciplinary perspectives on people and objects during times of armed conflict, declared or not, on the battlefield and on the home front. Topics range widely and include images of war in photographs and other media, health and technology in the organized violence of war, design measures that accommodate those injured during war, victory gardens, uniforms, armor, generals, foot soldiers, bombs, what’s destroyed, what survives.

 
Wednesday 12:30-1:10 Integrated Science and Engineering room 222
MCST299-010: One credit. Pass/Fail. No prerequisites

Survivor Objects

Last fragment of the Warsaw Ghetto wall   “Survivor Objects,” a conference sponsored by CMCS, considers the cultural power accrued by artifacts that have endured social conflict. By bearing historical witness, such objects can come to hold a privileged place in cultural memory and, as a result, play a powerful role for present-day communities. ReadContinue Reading

Emerging Scholars Symposium

Emerging Scholars Symposium

Consuming Objects: Negotiating Relationships With the Material World Presented by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur, Delaware Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Keynote speaker: Wendy A. Woloson Assistant Professor of Digital and Public History at Rutgers University-Camden. This annualContinue Reading

A Lasting Legacy: Sixty Years of Winterthur Graduate Programs

A Lasting Legacy: Sixty Years of Winterthur Graduate Programs

Commemorating the nation’s most successful university-museum partnership, A Lasting Legacy explores the changing roles of conservation and curatorial scholarship over the past 60 years. For nearly six decades, the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library have guided two groundbreaking graduate programs—the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (begun in 1952 as theContinue Reading