April 29th and 30th. “The Lives of Things” Conference

Keynote address by Arjun Appadurai
April 29th at 4:30
Divinity School Lecture Hall
Reception will follow

All other events will take place in the Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 East 57th Street

Please see the conference blog for updated information and to download previous papers by conference speakers:http://lotconference.wordpress.com/

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February, 18 4:00pm, CWAC 157. Curatorial Practices Panel, Part Three of the Three-Part Methodological Series

We have invited a panel of curators to discuss the various methodological approaches, considerations, and challenges that have guided the display of objects and ephemera within a diverse set of institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Loyola University Museum of Art, the Newberry Library, and the Smart Museum here at the University of Chicago. We hope to examine the way in which new attention to object studies intersects with developments within museum practices. The event will consist of three parts: panel presentations, a round table discussion moderated by Chris Dingwall, and a Q&A session open to the audience.

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January 21, 10:00 – 12:00. Methodologies, Part Two of our Three-Part Methodological Series

Lounge in CWAC, Cochrane-Woods Art Center, 5540 S. Greenwood Ave.

A discussion led by the planning committee (directed by Christine Mehring) about disciplinary approaches to object studies. In preparation for the meeting, the committee has requested that we read essays by scholars Harman, Reigl, Auslander, and Appadurai.

Breakfast will be provided

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November 3, 2010, Smart Museum. The Chair: Part One of the Three-Part Methodological Series

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October 8, 2010. 12 – 2, CWAC 157. Discussion of Christina Kiaer’s book, Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism. Chapters 1 and 3 will be precirculated. Please RSVP to jrcohen1@uchicago.edu.