Material Culture and Material Histories

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This graduate-level course introduces theories and methods in material culture studies and considers their application in the discipline of history. Covered themes include commodification, fetishism, collecting, colonialism, museums, and materiality. We will read theoretical texts and recent historical studies that use material culture as evidence; we will also examine material culture in the Ackland Art Museum and other local sites. (Note: not focused on Asian history)

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