Symposium: Secondhand Culture: Waste, Value, and Materiality

Bard Graduate Center
Lecture Hall, 38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
Thursday, April 15, 2010 – Friday, April 16, 2010
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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.
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Film Screening: “Secondhand (Pepe)”, (2007) 
followed by Q&A with the filmmakers (Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi)
William Davies King,
 Professor of Theater, University of California Santa Barbara
Friday, April 16th, 2010
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Shirley Teresa Wajda,
Alexandra Palmer,
 Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
Alison Isenberg,
 Associate Professor, History, Rutgers University
Nicky Gregson,
 Professor, Geography, University of Sheffield

Marilynn Gelfman, Karp
Emeritus Professor of Art, New York
Susan Strasser,
 Professor, History, University of Delaware
And BGC faculty: Pat Kirkham, Amy Ogata, Catherine Whalen, Michele Majer
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