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Material Culture Caucus at the ASA Annual Meeting, 6-9 Nov. Los Angeles

The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA)
announces the following session at the Association’s Annual Meeting,
“The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century,”
6-9 November  2014, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA USA
Material Culture Caucus Session: Twenty Years, Twenty Questions to Ask an Object
Fri. 7 Nov. 2014,  2:00 to 3:45pm PST
Since its formation in 1994, the Material Culture Caucus has bridged the gap between university-based and museum-based scholars to promote the study of material culture in American Studies programs. Join a panel of scholar-teachers in a very interactive session playing twenty questions. Questions will be provided; evocative (and questionable) objects will be at hand but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well.…
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Topsy Turvy: Artists and the Amusement Utopia

60 Wall St. Gallery, New York, NY

Now trough October 23.



by Aaron Beebe (Independent Artist and Curator)

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A lot has been said about the changes that modernism brought to cultural producers beginning in the late 19th century, but one piece to consider adding to study of avant-gardes is the unrecognized freedom of the amusement industry for creative individuals.

In June, I curated an exhibition at the gallery at 60 Wall St. that pulls together a host of artists who work in and around Coney Island, and who have found that working in an amusement park offers extremely rewarding creative possibilities for their lives and work.

A century ago, there was a revolution in Western ideas of work and leisure that opened up new opportunities for creative entrepreneurs to make their marks on the world.…

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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.…

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