Sunday, June 13, 2010


Welcome to Studies in American Material Culture. We'll use this space throughout the semester to share ideas with one another and to keep track of our many projects.

This course introduces students to the major themes, issues, and methods relevant to the study of material culture. We will consider the variety of ways in which scholars from diverse fields have sought to infer meaning from things and then seek specifically to understand how historians have applied those ideas to their own work.

We will also be engaged in an exciting semester-long cooperative museum project (see "Partnership" in the right-hand column). Consequently, this version of Studies in American Material Culture will be particularly concerned with issues bearing on the practice of public history, specifically within museums and other exhibitionary contexts.

Visit this page often and feel free to post whatever and whenever you see fit. Looking forward to a great semester!