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High-profile, paid summer internships

March 16th, 2010 Karyn Hinkle No comments

On Friday, the Library of Congress opened applications for its 2010 summer internship program — applications are open now through Friday, March 26.  The competitive, 10-week internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students and come with a $3,000 stipend (paid out $300 per week); the opportunities to work with amazing LOC collections from rare books and manuscripts to folklife to sound recordings to photographs and more are outlined on the program’s website at http://www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/about.html.

For the complete press release and links to the application, click below for more:

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2010/10-051.html

Read more…

Wisconsin-Madison’s Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

March 4th, 2010 Karyn Hinkle 3 comments

I don’t look often enough at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture considering the wealth of information therein.  As they state on their home page, the project

collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and facsimiles, image databases, and Web resources. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the project is produced at the University of Wisconsin Madison General Library System.

The Digital Library contains over sixty beautifully digitized facsimiles, from classics such as Edith Wharton’s “The Decoration of Houses” and Owen Jones’s “The Grammar of Ornament” to three lovely World’s Fair exhibition catalogues.  The latest additions just added were the English translation of Jan Nieuhof’s account of An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperor of China (1673) and Irving Whitall Lyon’s The Colonial Furniture of New England (1891).

Check them out, and, if you haven’t used the Digital Library recently, you may browse the complete list of titles in the online facsimile collection at http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/DLDecArts/TextAbout.html (scroll down through the bottom of the page).

Silk City, New Jersey

December 17th, 2009 Karyn Hinkle No comments
Image: Textile Society of America

Image: Textile Society of America

Historians, textile folks, and interested others may want to save the date of Saturday April 17 for the Textile Society of America’s Study Tour Day Trip to New Jersey’s Silk City (aka Paterson, NJ).

Paterson was the United States’ leading silk fabric producer in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and it sounds like the Textile Society (TSA) has an interesting day planned, including historic district and river tours and a talk by Giacomo Destafano, the director of the Paterson Museum.  There is even a scholarship covering the tour cost, available to one current TSA member by application.

For more info and reservations, see the TSA’s website at
http://www.textilesociety.org/events_tours.htm

Significant Objects

November 30th, 2009 Karyn Hinkle No comments
photo: Significant Objectss Zazzle.com shop

photo: the Significant Objects mug

Thanksgiving weekend heralded a wealth of data analysis over at Significant Objects, a project that’s amused me this year.  Its creators are having well known fiction writers such as Ben Katchor and Lucinda Rosenfeld, Meg Cabot and Jonathan Lethem write stories about material objects and are then testing the objects’ sales on eBay to see whether the fictional stories ascribed to the objects increase their value.

Check out the project’s website at http://significantobjects.com/.

Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1908-2009

November 4th, 2009 Erin Eisenbarth No comments

Anthropologist, philosopher, and pioneer of structuralism Claude Lévi-Strauss passed away yesterday at his home in Paris.  He was 100 years old.

Whether you love or hate structuralism (and it has plenty of both critics and supporters), it’s impossible to deny its effect on cultural studies in the twentieth century.  Lévi-Strauss’s ideas about the universal structures that underlie human thought and activity revolutionized our ideas about the difference between “primitive” and “civilized” and continue to inspire scholarship and debate today, particularly here at the BGC.

A full obituary can be found in the New York Times.

The American Anthropological Association has gathered a number of obituaries and tributes to him here.

MaterialWorldBlog has a centennial tribute to Lévi-Strauss by material culture scholar Daniel Miller.

The BGC library owns a number of books by Lévi-Strauss, including:

The Raw and the Cooked (1969)

The Savage Mind (1966)

Structural Anthropology (1963)

Tristes Tropiques (1955)

The Way of the Masks (1982)

Material culture in the media

October 7th, 2009 Karyn Hinkle No comments
Image: Sundance Channel via Salon.com

Image: Sundance Channel via Salon.com

Salon’s television critic, Heather Havrilesky, reviews the Sundance Chanel’s show “Man Shops Globe” today; she titles the piece “Over-priced antiques for anxious yuppies” and includes some choice quotes on luxury objects, such as

“if the world weren’t so filled with tacky, impermanent things, then we wouldn’t thirst so terribly for big, heavy, meaningful furniture flown in from Paris”.

To read the piece: http://www.salon.com/ent/tv/review/2009/10/07/man_shops_globe