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NEH Summer Institute on American Material Culture

American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York
NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

At the Bard Graduate Center, New York City, July 1-26, 2013

Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative arts, and many other types of material.

The Bard Graduate Center will host a four-week NEH Summer Institute on American Material Culture.  The institute will focus on the material culture of nineteenth century and use New York as its case study because of its role as a national center for fashioning cultural commodities and promoting consumer tastes. We will study significant texts in the scholarship of material culture together as well as in tandem with visiting some of the wonderful collections in and around New York City for our hands-on work with artifacts. The city will be our laboratory to explore some of the important issues of broad impact that go well beyond New York.

We welcome applications from faculty and others with some experience doing object-based work, as well as those who have never taught or studied material culture. Application materials and other information about content, stipends, housing, etc. is available at bgc.bard.edu/neh-institute.   The deadline is March 4, 2013.

David Jaffee
Bard Graduate Center

For more information, please contact:

Katrina London
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
212.501.3026 / nehinstitute@bgc.bard.edu

CFP: Broadway Transect

Special Issue of Wildproject: Journal of Environmental Studies

From Sleepy Hollow to Battery Park, Broadway follows the lower Hudson valley down to the New York harbor. Broadway is more than an avenue or a road: it is a fragment of American ground and mythology, and a transect through one of the most urbanized areas of the United States. Its 33 miles of asphalt, culminating at 351 ft. in Yonkers, are an analyzer of the interaction between nature and the city, of the urban diversity of the greater New York area, and of the history of its various communities.

CFP-Broadway-Wildproject explores Broadway from four main vantage points: urban studies, urban ecology, social sciences, and arts & humanities. The editors welcome submissions from urban planners and architects; geologists, entomologists, ecologists and botanists; geographers, historians, sociologists and anthropologists; literature specialists, linguists, artists, curators and fiction writers. Articles may talk about such topics as river and animal life; gentrification and class conflict; the geological history of the area; the planned pedestrianization of Broadway; suburban Broadway; theater, food, and literature.

All submissions must be emailed as attachments to contact@wildproject.org. 150 words abstracts must be sent by November 1st, 2012. Within two weeks of receipt, Wildproject will send authors a confirmation of their preselection. Final articles are due on  April 1st, 2013 and should be between 3,000-4,000 words. Videos, photographs, and sound recordings are particularly appreciated and will be made available online and in the printed version (as screenprints or transcriptions). Articles must not be published elsewhere in any language and must be based on original research. Selected articles will be sent to peer reviewers for evaluation. Publication date: Issue no.13 (publication September 2013)

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