2012 Program

Tenth Annual Symposium


Selections from the 2012 Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars

Material Matters
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Keynote Speaker:

Kariann Yokota, Assistant Professor of American Studies and History, Yale University

Friday, April 13, 2012
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

3:00 Roundtable discussion with Kariann Yokota on Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation (Room 104 Gore Hall)

4:30 Bricks and Books
Come celebrate the completion of the new brick wall facing the UD Barnes & Noble Bookstore and the masons who crafted it. The wall demonstrates the many uses of brick historically, its role in architecture and design. In addition, Kariann Yokota will sign copies of her new book, Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Copeland Lecture Hall, Winterthur Museum

8:00 Registration

8:45 Welcome

9:00 Panel 1: Spaces and Places

“Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Glass”
Xiao Situ, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art, Yale University

“Ornament and Identity in the Immigrant-Built Tenements of Boston and New York, 1870-1920”
Zachary Violette, Ph.D. Candidate in American and New England Studies, Boston University

“The Materiality of Privacy: Private Spaces in Public Places at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
Laura Walikainen, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of American Civilization, University of Delaware

Comment: Richard Longstreth, Director of Historic Preservation and Professor of American Civilization, George Washington University

10:30 Break  

10:45 Panel 2: Fashion and Bodies

“Consuming Bodies: Irish Slave-Ownership in Early New Orleans, 1780-1820”
Kristin L. Condotta, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Tulane University

“Art Deco Sartorientalism in America: Persian Urban Turbans and Other Versions”
Jaimee K. Comstock-Skipp, M.A. Student in the History of Art, Williams College

“Limitation Order L-85: Creating and Consuming Women’s Fashion during World War II”
Melissa Ann Peck, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, Purdue University

Comment: Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Delaware

12:15 Lunch

1:15 Keynote Address

Kariann Yokota, the Dana and David Dornsife Fellow at the Huntington Library and Senior Scholar, Ivy Scholars Program, Yale University.

2:00 Panel 3: Consumption and Technology

“Pocket Wireless and the Shape of Media to Come, 1899-1922”
Grant Wythoff, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Princeton University

“Reanimating Slavery: Memory, Automation, and the Alabama Coon Jigger”
Chris Dingwall, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Chicago

“Materiality and Meaning: AstroTurf, Progress, and the Postwar American Stadium”
Benjamin Lisle, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and Integrated Studies, Colby College

Comment: Arwen Mohun, Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware

3:30 Break

3:45 Panel 4: Identity

“Anti-material Culture”
Jason LaFountain, Ph.D. Candidate in History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

“Bringing the Master-Slave Relationship into Focus: Photographic Slave Portraits in the American South, 1839-1861”
Matthew Amato, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Southern California

More than a Song: Photography and the Visuality of Musical Objects in the Early Twentieth-Century South”
Andrew Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, University of Maryland

Comment: Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art, Delaware Art Museum

5:15 Concluding remarks

5:30 Tours of Winterthur collection (advance registration encouraged)

6:30 Join us for a potluck dinner at the Visiting Scholars Residence