15/03/19 – Antiquarian Society summer school “The Political is Visual.”

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What, when & where

The American Antiquarian Society’s 2019 Summer Seminar by the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) will be July 21-26 and is titled “The Political is Visual.” It will explore the intersection of American visual culture, propaganda, and politics, broadly defined, in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Working with the extraordinary collections at the American Antiquarian Society (including prints, ephemera, cartoons, the illustrated press, and photography alongside printed and scribal texts), participants will explore how multiple forms of visual culture, ranging from canonical portraits to ubiquitous ephemera, both reflected and shaped political culture. Topics will include the American Revolution and the creation of the U.S. republic; pictorial representations of race and gender; images of political leadership; and the visual politics of war. The goals of the seminar are twofold: to help participants understand how diverse individuals leveraged visual culture to shape political debates and policies and to help them bring those insights to bear on their research and teaching.

The seminar leader will be Catherine E. Kelly, Editor of Books at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) and affiliate professor of history at William & Mary. Kelly is the author of Republic of Taste: Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America (2016).

The seminar will be held from Sunday, July 21, through Friday, July 26, 2019, at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. Participation is intended for college and university faculty as well as graduate students and museum professionals.

Tuition for the seminar is $750, which includes lunch each day, two evening meals, and a field trip. A limited amount of financial aid for graduate students is available.

Deadline & how to apply

the deadline for application is March 15, 2019

Other info, Links & conditions

For further information and application materials, please consult the AAS website or contact Nan Wolverton, Director of CHAViC, at nwolverton@mwa.org


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