Secondhand Culture: Waste, Value, and Materiality explores the ways in which objects ranging from clothing to collectibles to trash have been constructed and experienced. Scholars of Theater, History, Geography, and Art and Design History discuss this vital new area at the intersection of consumerism, material culture studies, cultural geography, and artmaking.

Bard Graduate Center Symposium Organizers:

Pat Kirkham, Professor
Michele Majer, Assistant Professor
Amy Ogata, Associate Professor
Catherine Whalen, Assistant Professor

Thursday, April 15th, 2010
Lecture Hall, 38 West 86th Street

5:00 pm
Michele Majer
Bard Graduate Center

5:15 pm
Film Screening: “Secondhand (Pepe)”, (2007)
(24 mins.) followed by Q&A with the filmmakers Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
William Davies King, Professor of Theater, University of California Santa Barbara
“Suited for Nothing: Collecting Second-Hand”

Friday, April 16th, 2010
Lecture Hall, 38 West 86th Street

9:15 am
Catherine Whalen
Bard Graduate Center

9:30 am
Shirley Teresa Wajda, Historian
“Secondhand Culture Studies: A View from the Rust Belt”

10:10 am
Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
“Back to Back: Retro-fitting Fashion within the Museum”

10:50 am – Coffee Break

11:15 am
Alison Isenberg, Associate Professor, History, Rutgers University
“Second-Hand Cities: Antiques, Inheritance, and Preservation from the Civil War to Urban Renewal”

12:00 pm – Lunch Break

1:30 pm
Nicky Gregson, Professor, Geography, University of Sheffield
“Death, the Phoenix, and Pandora: End of Life Ships, Chock-Chocky Furniture and the Bangladeshi Middle Class”

2:10 pm
Marilynn Gelfman Karp, Emeritus Professor of Art, New York University
“In Flagrante Collecto: Caught in the Act of Collecting”

2:50 pm
Susan Strasser, Professor, History, University of Delaware

3:30 pm
Open Discussion moderated by Amy Ogata, Bard Graduate Center

Secondhand Culture:Waste, Value, and Materiality Schedule (PDF)