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Conserving Active Matter Symposium @ Bard College Lecture Hall
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day

The twenty-first century will see self-driving cars, smart textiles, self-regulating buildings, and artworks that change themselves. Some of this is already upon us. Just this summer, for instance, the New York Timesreported on scientists implanting a digital video into a bacterium’s DNA and turning a living creature, and then its numerous descendants, into a storage device. Of course, variants of this process have been with us for a long time. The human body itself could be said to pose the most acute example of “active matter”—and philosophers from diverse cultures have debated this point for millennia.

Over the next five years, Bard Graduate Center, together with the Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques of the Humboldt University in Berlin (Cluster Bild. Wissen. Gestaltung) and the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, will examine the specific implications of active matter for the theory and practice of conservation. A nineteenth-century science with pre-modern antecedents, conservation has long been connected to the stabilization of art and architectural objects. Some aspects of this commitment grew out of the historicizing desire to encounter the past as it was. Others related to preserving the economic value of masterworks whose market life was as important to the present and the future. Conservators have long known that matter moved, that colors changed, that solids melted into air. But now that it is precisely these features that are being adapted for aesthetic, technical, and structural purposes, will conservation as a theory and as a practice have to change? And if so, how?

“Conserving Active Matter” will explore the meaning of active matter for the field of conservation through the lenses of materials science, history, philosophy, and Indigenous ontologies that never made the assumption that matter was inactive. This symposium lays out the landscape of questions that will be the focus of subsequent seminars, conferences, courses, and fellowships, leading up to an exhibition in spring 2022.

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American Historical Association Annual Meeting @ Marriott Wardman Park
Jan 4 – Jan 7 all-day
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Museums Advocacy Day @ Washington Plaza Hotel
Feb 26 – Feb 27 all-day
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International Drive History Conference: Putting Automotive Heritage on the Road @ Historical Vehicle Association Research Library
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day
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37th Annual Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference
May 2 – May 5 all-day
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Fractured Paradigms: Rethinking the Study of American Jews @ National Museum of American Jewish History
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day

The 2018 Biennial Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History offers an occasion to reflect on the state of our field. Which narratives, temporal frameworks, and spatial boundaries serve as its controlling paradigms? How and why have these paradigms experienced fracture, disruption, or revision? And, finally, which paradigms deserve to be abandoned? We seek nothing less than a critical rethinking of our field. We invite scholars to enter into debate as they engage in meaningful and respectful ways with the terms of the field of American Jewish Studies and the new paradigms that might guide it into its next several decades. In these efforts, we particularly seek contributions from scholars engaged in transnational research and those who study non-American Jewish communities, as well as scholars working in a variety of disciplines.

 

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New Jersey and The Great War Conference
New Jersey and The Great War Conference @ Rowan University at Burlington County
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
 
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New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference
New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference @ Cultural Education Center
Nov 4 all-day
 
McNeil Center for Early American Studies New Sweden History Conference 8:30 am
McNeil Center for Early American Studies New Sweden History Conference @ Lazaretto Ballroom
Nov 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
The 2017 theme will explore the migration of Swedish colonists from the original landing point of Wilmington Delaware to the greater Delaware Valley and east coast region. Speakers include Brian Crane, Sean Moir, Laurie Fitzpatrick, Catherine Dann Roeber, and Becky
Country House Conference 9:30 am
Country House Conference @ Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
A premiere all day conference event. Explore the rich and diverse history of the country houses of New York. The Country House Conference will take participants on a 300 year journey from the humble origins of colonial farms and manors
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28th Annual MAPACA Conference 2:06 pm
28th Annual MAPACA Conference @ Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel
Nov 9 @ 2:06 pm – Nov 12 @ 3:06 pm
 
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Historic Preservation Workshop: Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction
Historic Preservation Workshop: Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction @ South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Nov 11 all-day
Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography.  What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work,
Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, their Investigation and Reproduction 9:00 am
Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, their Investigation and Reproduction @ South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography.  What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work,
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Growing Garden State Stories: A Community Call to Action 6:30 pm
Growing Garden State Stories: A Community Call to Action @ Camden Conference Center
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Imagine partnering with a newsroom that’s dedicated to your community — shining a light on what you care about most, with plenty of resources and support. That’s the vision of the Civic Info Consortium, a proposal to unite New Jersey
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Conserving Active Matter Symposium
Conserving Active Matter Symposium @ Bard College Lecture Hall
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day
The twenty-first century will see self-driving cars, smart textiles, self-regulating buildings, and artworks that change themselves. Some of this is already upon us. Just this summer, for instance, the New York Timesreported on scientists implanting a digital video into a bacterium’s
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