2019 CHAViC Summer Seminar

The Political is Visual

July 21-26, 2019

Meeting Locations:
Goddard Daniels House (GDH)
Antiquarian Hall (AH)
Learning Lab (LL)


Schedule and Syllabus

Sunday, July 21

3:00 PM Introductions and overview of coming week. Nan Wolverton, Director of CHAViC and Catherine E. Kelly, Seminar Leader. Meet at 185 Salisbury Street, Antiquarian Hall (AH)

4:00 PM Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Library and new Learning Lab (LL) (AH)

5:00 PM Reception followed by Dinner at 190 Salisbury Street, Goddard-Daniels House (GDH)


Monday, July 22

9:00-10:00 AM Introduction to AAS Online Resources and Reading Room; Meet AAS Curators (LL)

10:00-10:30 AM BREAK

10:30-noon Lecture & Discussion (GDH)
Crafting U.S. Origin Stories: Media, Markets, and Technologies (Kelly)

12:00-1:30 LUNCH (GDH)

1:30-3:00 Hands-On Workshop: Visual and Political Cultures at the AAS (Wolverton and Kelly) (AH)

3:00-5:00 Research on your own in the library or individual consultations with seminar leader or AAS staff (AH)


Tuesday July 23

9:00 Morning review and reading discussion (Kelly) (GDH)

9:45 BREAK

10:30—12:00 Lecture & Discussion (GDH)
Visualizing the American Sport: Political Prints and Cartoons (Guest Lecturer: Kenneth Cohen, Assistant Professor of History, Coordinator of Museum Studies Program, St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

  • ’Sport for Grown Children’: American Political Cartoons, 1790-1850,” International Journal of the History of Sports

12:00-1:30 LUNCH (GDH)

1:30-3:00 Hands-On Workshop: Political Cartoons in the archive at AAS (Cohen, Kelly) (AH)

3:00 BREAK

3:30-5:00 Introduction to Printmaking Techniques (Lauren B. Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts) (AH)


Wednesday July 24

9:00 Morning review and reading discussion (GDH)

10:00-3:00 Fieldtrip to Boston. Visit the Massachusetts Historical Society to view “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote” (tour with exhibit curator Allison Lange)
Reading: TBA. Possible added visit to the Museum of African American History (MAAH) to view exhibition, Picturing Frederick Douglass.

4:00-7:00 Free time for research in library/individual consultations (AH)


Thursday July 25

9:00 Morning review and reading discussion (Kelly) (GDH)

9:45 Overview of AAS Fellowships (Wolverton)

10:30-12:00 Lecture & Discussion (GDH)
The Politics of War and Empire: The View from Indian Country (Guest Lecturer: Scott Manning Stevens, Associate Professor and Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies; Associate Professor, English Department, Syracuse University) [100 year overview of the visual politics of empire and indigenous peoples]


  • Scott Manning Stevens, “Tomahawk: Materiality and Depictions of the Haudenosaunee,” Early American Literature 53, no. 2 (2018)

12:00-1:30 LUNCH (GDH)

1:30-3:00 Hands-On Workshop: AAS materials viewed with Stevens and Kelly (AH)

3:00-5:00 Free time

5:30 Drinks and Dinner at 4 Regent Street


Friday, July 26

Object presentations and conclusion

9:00-9:30 Setup for object presentations (AH)

9:30-11:30 Object presentations (groups provide a 5-minute introduction to one visual source in the AAS collections, posing specific research questions about the object and connecting them to the seminar theme)

12:00-1:00 Lunch (GDH)

1:00-2:00 Concluding discussion (GDH)

2:00-5:00 Departure or research in the library

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