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May 25, 2010

Anthropologists have long recognized that architecture is just a middle-sized material artifact somewhere between the city and the teaspoon in scale.  Any opportunity to learn more about “reading artifacts” is a good one–especially when it is Canada-related.  But note–while the institute is cheap, it is only open to 30 participants, so act now!  Have at it!


Summer Institute in Material Culture Research

Presented by:

Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation Collection and Research Branch and Conservation Services

Our 2009 Summer Institute (SI)  broke new ground on how to approach history through intense study of artifacts by bringing together international experts and participants from diverse backgrounds. This years SI will use the same formula to expose you to a unique experience and change the way you appreciate objects and material culture.


o Graduate Students

o Post-docs

o Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts o History professionals looking to expand their research methods

Participants will:

o investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic collections as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation of history o work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting to explore material culture methodologies and approaches o use artifacts as the center of discussion and hands-on activities o immerse themselves in a material culture perspective of the technological past o learn the basics of conservation, cataloging and developing collections in local environments – a growing and essential resource for history studies.

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dates: August 16-20, 2010

Tuition: Students $250. Post-Docs $350; Faculty and Professionals $450 (includes breaks, lunches, and a field trip)

Some financial support for students may be provided.

Accommodation is close to the site and very reasonably priced – details will follow.


Limit of 30 participants

Registration deadline: June 16th, 2010

For further information contact Anna Adamek at:

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