Upcoming Lecture: “Unfurling Western Notions of Nature and Amerindian Alternatives”

Title: “Unfurling Western Notions of Nature and Amerindian Alternatives” Speaker: Dr. Eglee Lopez Zent When: February 15th / 12:20 – 1:10 Where: TBD Dr. Zent’s passions reside at the intersections of anthropology, art, botany, and conservation biology. After studying Anthropology and Ecology at the Masters and Doctoral levels, Dr. Zent went on to lead ethnographic and ecological studies focusing on the ecosystems that make up the rainforests of Venezuelan Guyana. Dr. Zent has conducted over two decades of field research with the Jotï people, an Amerindian group that inhabits this territory. Through this work, Dr. Zent has explored such interdisciplinary fields as ethnoecology, ecocosmology, ethnocartography, ethnobotany, ethnomycology, ecogony, and behavioral ecology. Her latest work, “Unfurling Western Notions of Nature and Amerindian Alternatives,” addresses many of these fields as she explores global and historical definitions of “nature.” In this investigation, Dr. Zent examines the variety of values that societies have given the term “nature.” Here, Dr. Zent focuses on a portion of the Western tradition as her study spans Ancient-Greece to the present day. Discussing Western, Amerindian, and global conceptions of “nature,” Dr. Zent goes on to explore pragmatic solutions to create improved environmental ethics. Dr. Zent will be sharing her research on February 15th at 12:20 – 1:10. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend to learn more about Dr. Zent’s unique approach to both the arts and the sciences. BIO: Eglee L. Zent is a Venezuelan mother of two sons. She has en eclectic academic background (art, anthropology, botany, conservation biology). She conducted studies for her PhD at the Universities of California at Berkeley and Georgia finishing in 1999. She...

Call for Participation: Material Culture at the ASA annual meeting 2016

“Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are” Call for Participation: Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association November 17-20, 2016 / Denver, Colorado Application deadline: January 10, 2016 Send ideas/abstracts to: Anne Verplanck (aav3  at  psu dot edu) The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association wishes to encourage participation in the 2016 Annual Meeting: “Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are,” November 17-20, 2016, Denver, Colorado. To read the conference Call for Papers please click here. Areas of interest related to the theme include (but are not limited to) the material culture of: Dwellings House vs. Home Consumerism – what things make a house?  What things make a home? Non-traditional houses/homes Communities Institutions Gender Feminism/patriarchy Heteronormism/queerness Racism Access Hospitality Defense Families, friendships, relationships Communications Diaspora/migrations Work and management Other uses or understandings of home Comfort/discomfort Youth and/or aging Social status Empire and colonialism Slavery Crisis and trauma Poverty ‘Basic needs’:shelter Household labor Ruins and preservation NAGPRA, repatriation, and cultural patrimony Religion and spirituality Disability/access Entertainment We hope to help link potential panelists with shared interests in material culture topics. If you, your colleagues, or doctoral students are considering proposals for the conference, please email us your panel CFP or your paper idea and we will work to connect similar panelists and papers. We are also happy to offer suggestions on complete panels. Additionally, we welcome opportunities to work with other ASA caucuses and committees. NB: All interested parties who email us will still be responsible for following all posted instructions and for submitting their own panels or papers to the ASA by the ASA deadline (February 1,...

Green Light: Prospects in Lighting Design and Technology

“Green Light: Prospects in Lighting Design and Technology” symposium will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at: Clayton Hall, University of Delaware 100 David Hollowell Drive Newark, DE 19716 Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Program 10:00 a.m. – 5:40 p.m. Reception 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets:  $55 or $25 for full time students with ID (includes symposium, seated lunch, and parking) To register and for more information, go to www.udconnection.com/green-light....

Very Bad Things:  Material Culture and Disobedience

    This annual symposium, organized entirely by University of Delaware graduate students, provides emerging scholars—graduate students and recent PhDs from a variety of academic disciplines as well as museum professionals—with a venue for interdisciplinary conversations centering on material culture. We encourage discussion across perceived boundaries of discipline, medium, and methodology; past symposia have included scholars and professionals from such fields as anthropology, art history, historical archeology, history, and American studies. Each fall, we welcome paper proposals from graduate students and professionals early in their careers on any topic related to material culture. 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 11, 2015 Keynote speaker: Scott Herring Associate Professor of English at Indiana University   For the full schedule, click here . ....

Summer Research Fellowships in Material Culture Studies

Up to twelve ten-week summer fellowships will be awarded to University of Delaware MA and PhD students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences pursuing research in material culture studies, broadly defined to include both the preservation and conservation of objects and the scholarly investigation of the relationship among people, material processes, and objects. Fellowship recipients will participate in a two-week Institute, June 1 – June 12, 2015, during which they will learn a variety of skills for engaging non-specialists through public speaking and digital media. The fellowship funds uninterrupted summer research on participants’ own projects. Click here for more information and for application instructions . . .        ...

Survivor Objects

“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 of $134.00 per night for symposium attendees. Follow this link to book your room now: Group rate: Survivor Objects Room Block. This rate is available only until October 24,...