2023 CHAViC Summer Seminar Applications open

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Dear H-Material Culture subscribers-- the following may be of interest. 

Apply now for the CHAViC & PHBAC summer seminar!

Material Religion: Objects, Images, Books

June 25-30, 2023

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Scholars of religion have taken a material turn, delving into the study of images, objects, monuments, building, books, spaces, performances, and sounds. What do these inquiries look like in the context of early America, and how did religious materialities shape early American worlds? The goal of this seminar is to explore this area’s exciting archives, theories, and methods, enabling participants to bring together religion and materiality in their own work in fresh ways. 

The seminar will be held from Sunday, June 25, through Friday, June 30, 2023, at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.  AAS provides an exceptional site for hands-on inquiries into the material worlds of early American religions. Collections at AAS furnish materials relating to religion before 1900 in North American, including Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, Catholicism, Protestantism, metaphysical religions, African-inspired religions, South Asian religions, and civil religion as well as collections that support studying religious hybridity and forms of Christianity as practiced in Hawaiian, Caribbean and Indigenous nations & groups. 

Topics will include lived religion, materialisms (old and new), sensory culture, books as objects, animisms and animacies, iconoclasm, visual piety, the ontological turn, residual transcription, and sacred objects in archival contexts. Co-leaders for the seminar will be Chris Allison, Director of the McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies, Department of History, Dominican University and Sonia Hazard, Assistant Professor of Religion, Florida State University. Guest speakers will include Solimar Otero, Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington and Anthony Trujillo, doctoral candidate in American Studies, Harvard University.

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