American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar in Visual Culture: Food and Politics

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Information about the Center for Historic American Visual Culture’s summer seminar, Culinary Culture: The Politics of American Foodways, 1765-1900, is posted on the American Antiquarian Society’s website:


The application deadline is March 20, 2015.


The seminar will be held at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, from July 12 through July 17, 2015. It will be led by Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History, Towson University. Guest faculty will include Tanya Sheehan, Associate Professor, Art Department, Colby College. Through workshops, lectures, field trips, and cooking demonstrations participants will learn “how to look” by exploring an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culinary culture as a means to understand the relationship among American foodways and evolving political, social, gender, public health, and economic ideologies through the 18th and 19th centuries. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of materials from the extraordinary collections at the AAS including prints, cookbooks, political cartoons, broadsides, diaries, domestic manuals, newspapers, ceramics, ephemera of all kinds, botanical and horticultural illustrations/literature, children’s literature, and more. The syllabus will be posted by the end of February.


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