April 27-28, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alison Matthews David, Associate Professor in the School of Fashion, Ryerson University in Toronto.
The 15th Material Culture Symposium begins Friday, April 27, at 4:30pm in the Visual Resource Center (OLC 211) at the University of Delaware with a conversation between the keynote speaker, Dr. Matthews David, and the audience facilitated by Dr. Zara Anishanslin. Matthews David will discuss her new book Unraveling Crime, which investigates the theme of crime and clothing as weapon, evidence, and disguise. Following the conversation, there will be a light reception.
The symposium continues on Saturday, April 28, at 8:45 am at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Copeland Lecture Hall) with presentations by twelve emerging scholars on a diverse set of material culture topics. This year the four panels explore hazardous archives, environments, materiality, and objects. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum, gives a platform for emerging scholars working with material culture to present on innovative and interdisciplinary work.
Panel: Hazardous Archives
“Neutrons and Nationalism: Bonnie Devine, Uranium Mining, and the Canadian Shield”
“‘You’ve Been Bewitched!’: On Taking Hazardous Materials Seriously”
“Diné ‘Iikááh: Mediating Materiality and Meaning of Navajo Sand Painting Imagery”
Panel: Hazardous Environments
“Home Dangerous Home: Mapping Nineteenth-Century Household Accidents”
“Shaping Constraint: The Architecture and Design of ADX Florence”
“Objects at the Edge: Negotiating the Extreme Environment Through Material Culture”
Panel: Hazardous Materials
“Replicating Toxicity: The Conservation of Plastics in Art”
“Caution Tags, Tyvek Suits, and Respirators: Preserving a Museum Collection of DDT Pesticide”
“Detonating compositions: Investigating shellac beyond the gramophone disc”
Panel: Hazardous Objects
“Cut Glass’s Dishonorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy, 1916”
“Hazard at Tea: Silver and Spice as Resistant Commodities”
“Dangerous Safety: Kurt Vonnegut’s War Objects”