Material Worlds:

Consumption, Circulation, and Meaning in Colonial Societies

A Graduate Student Symposium

19-21 September 2002

Sponsored by the Barra Foundation; the McNeil Center for Early American Studies;
and the departments of History, Art History, Anthropology, and South Asia  Regional Studies, 
the Latin American Cultures Program, the Middle East  Center, the African Studies Center 
and the Center for Folklore and Ethnographyof the University of Pennsylvania 

Thursday, September 19, 2002

4:30-6:30 at 3619 Locust Walk, First Floor
    Ethnohistory Workshop (co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Department of the History of Art)
    “The 'Médina': Colonial Nomenclature and the Haunting of Scholarship”
    Mia Fuller, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Italian Studies

6:30 Reception immediately following
 

Friday, September 20, 2002

"Material Worlds" Symposium
Department of Chemistry, 231 S. 34th St., Lynch Room

9:00-11:00 Session I: Zones of Contact, Zones of Exchange: Rethinking Dependency, Resistance, and
    Colonial Relationships

    "Material Dimensions of Contact in the Orinoco"
    Franz Scaramelli, University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology
    Discussant: Robert Preucel, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology

    "Assimilation or Resistance?   The Production and Consumption of Tlingit Beadwork"
    Megan Smetzer, University of British Columbia, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
    Discussant: Daniel Richter, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History and Director
    of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies

    "Collecting China and Making Meanings: Britons at the Treaty Ports and in Beijing, 1860-1900)"
    Judith Green, University of Sussex, Graduate Research Centre in Humanities, History of Art
    Discussant: Susan Naquin, Princeton University, Department of History

11:00-11:30 coffee break

11:30-1:30 Session II: Mediating Imperial Politics: Trade, Consumption and Self-Representation

     "Undressing Malesore Albanians: Rewriting Late Ottoman History through its Material Culture"
    Isa Blumi, New York University, Departments of History and Middle Eastern Studies
    Discussant: Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania, Department of English

     "Currencies of Nature: The Atlantic Mahogany Trade, 1700-1800"
    Jennifer Anderson, New York University, Department of History
    Discussant: Timothy Burke, Swarthmore College, Department of Anthropology

1:30-3:00 Lunch

McNeil Center for Early American Studies Seminar
3:00-5:00 Department of Chemistry, 231 S. 34th St., Lynch Room

    "Identity in a Season of Revolution: Portraits, Memory and Copley's Men"
    Margaretta Lovell, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Art History

5:00 Reception immediately following

Saturday, September 21, 2002

"Material Worlds" Symposium
Department of Chemistry, 231 S. 34th St., Lynch Room

9:00-11:00 Keynote Address
    "The Biography of a Cloth: Unfolding Meanings, Circulating Images"
    Sally Price, College of William and Mary, Department of Anthropology

11:00-11:30 coffee break

11:30-1:30 Session III: Consolidating Colonial Power, Producing Elite Identities

    "Ephemeral Art, Spectacle, and the Reassertion of Colonial Authority in Eighteenth
    Century Puebla: The Celebration in Honor of the Bourbon Hercules"
    Frances Ramos, University of Texas at Austin, Department of History
    Discussant: Nancy Farriss, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History

    "The Materialism of an Import: Italian Opera in European Africa"
    Jessica Otey, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Italian Studies
    Discussant: Lee Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History and
    Director of African Studies Center

    "Coyas and Curacas: Issues of Power and Gender in Colonial Peruvian Portraiture"
    Nenita Ponce de Léon Elphick, Harvard University Department of Art and Architecture
    Discussant: Diana Fane, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Curator Emeritus

1:30-3:00 Lunch

3:00-5:00 Session IV: Contested Colonial States: Communal Identities, Nascent Nationalisms,
    and Emergent Ethnicities

    "The Capsola: Contesting the Colonial in Palestine"
    Esmail Nashif, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Anthropology
    Discussant: Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania Department of the History of Art

    "'Reconstructing the Ruins': The Production, Circulation and Consumption of Archaeological
    Sites in Colonial North India"
    Tamara Sears, University of Pennsylvania, Department of the History of Art
    Discussant: Mia Fuller, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Italian Studies

    "The Weeping Virgin of San Miguel: Religion and Authority in Colonial El Salvador"
    Anne Pushkal, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History
    Discussant: Robert St. George, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History

5:00-5:15 Coffee Break

5:15-5:45 Closing Remarks
    Maria Feliciano, University of Pennsylvania, Department of the History of Art
    Yanna Yannakakis, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History

6:00-7:00 Reception
 
 

For additional information, contact the organizers:

Maria Feliciano (Art History, University of Pennsylvania)
Yanna Yannakakis (History,  University of Pennsylvania).



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