2013 CHAViC Summer Seminar

Domestic Impressions: The Visual and Material Culture of the American Family Home, 1750-1890

July 7-12, 2013
Worcester, Massachusetts

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The Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) encourages and facilitates the use and understanding of popular images by scholars in a variety of disciplines including American studies, gender studies, history, art history, literature, and theatre. The 2013 Summer Seminar, Domestic Impressions: The Visual and Material Culture of the American Family Home, 1750-1890 will be held July 7-12, 2013 at the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

Images of and in the American family home abound with clues to attitudes, values, and beliefs. This seminar will guide participants in “how to look” and will introduce constructive and instructive ways of using images and objects as invaluable tools in scholarship and in the classroom. Sessions at the week-long seminar will explore American identity in profound and tangible ways through the visual and material culture of the home. Participants will also have free time for access to the Society’s collections to pursue their research interests.

Through workshops and lectures the seminar will allow participants first-hand access to the rich collection of eighteen and nineteenth-century prints, book illustrations, periodicals, photographs, maps, sheet music covers, and ephemera of all kinds at AAS. The seminar will include at least one field trip to an area house museum.

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About the Faculty

Katherine C. Grier, Professor of History, Director of the Ph.D. Program in American Civilization, and Director of Museum Studies at the University of Delaware. Guest faculty includes Karen Sanchez-Eppler (Amherst College), Sarah Anne Carter (Chipstone Foundation), Judy Kertesz (North Carolina State University).



The application deadline is April 1, 2013. Download an application.



The cost of the seminar will be $750 with some financial aid available for graduate students.



Rooms, at the reduced rate of $129 (single/double) per night, are available at the Worcester Courtyard by Marriott, 72 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605. State and local taxes apply.

Reservations must be made by June 7, 2013, to receive this rate.

To make a reservation please call the hotel directly at 1-508-363-0300 and mention that you are coming in with the "CHAViC Summer Seminar" group.


Contact Information

For further information, please contact Nan Wolverton, Director of CHAViC, at nwolverton@mwa.org or (508) 471-2119.

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