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.

Survivor Objects

helmuts“Survivor Objects” considers the meanings of material objects that have been tempered by trauma. 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. The symposium features faculty, graduate students, curators, and conservation specialists from across the country.  Please see the full program for panel and paper topics.

November 14th and 15th, 2014
Clayton Hall Conference Center
100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, Delaware 

“Survivor Objects” is open to the public but registration is required. The Marriott Courtyard – Newark is offering discounted room rates for attendees. Be sure to ask for the “Survivor Objects” symposium rate when booking your room.

The Material Culture of War

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 battlefieldContinue 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