Emerging Scholars Symposium

Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars

Presented by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur, Delaware

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.

At the conference, distinguished scholars provide comments on the papers and lead discussion sessions. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions and special tours of Winterthur’s collections with graduate students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, including tours of the Winterthur library and conservation labs.

Material Matters: Selected Papers from the 2012 Emerging Scholars Symposium
Embodied Objects: Selected Papers from the 2013 Emerging Scholars Symposium


The 2016 Emerging Scholars Program

Possessed: The Material Culture of Ownership
University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Friday April 22 – Saturday, April 23, 2016

The call for proposals is now closed.

This symposium is free and open to the public.

2016 Co-chairs:

Jessica Conrad (English)
Rosalie Hooper (Winterthur Program in American Material Culture)
Kaila Schedeen (Art History)

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