Cultural Histories of the Material World (workshop)

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Cultural Histories of the Material World: Early Modern Books and Objects

A Workshop in partnership with the Bard Graduate Center and the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Board Room
Held on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Description: In collaboration with the Bard Graduate Center, the Folger Institute will host a day-long workshop on early modern material studies. Topics to be discussed may include books-as-artifacts, relations of texts and practices as exemplified by food knowledge, collecting practices and institutions, craft and design, and natural historical objects. The different perspectives on material culture of the anthropologist, art historian, archaeologist, literary critic, and historian will be highlighted.


Coffee and Pastries


Welcome and Introductions

Owen Williams (Folger Institute)


Early Modern Texts and Cultural Practices (Part 1: Embroidery)

Speakers: Anna Bertolet (Auburn); Andrew Morrall (Bard)




Early Modern Texts and Cultural Practices (Part 2: Natural History, Food Knowledge)

Speakers: Deborah Krohn (Bard); Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Folger)


Lunch (Foulke Conference Room)

Including small group discussion


The Folger in the Context of Modern Collecting

Speakers: David Jaffee (Bard); Georgianna Ziegler (Folger)

3:15 Tea (Folger Tea Room)


Fashion, Through Time, and On the Stage and Off

Speakers: Michele Majer (Bard); [[]Amanda Wunder]] (The City University of New York); Natasha Korda (Wesleyan)


Reformulated questions

Speakers: Kathleen Lynch (Folger); Deborah Krohn (Bard); Andrew Morrall (Bard)


Closing Reception