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This dissertation investigates how collectibles are made meaningful within collecting communities in order to better understand the intricate processes by which lead soldiers, toy trains, dolls, Dinkie cars, Star Wars figurines, and teddy bears come to be so enchanting for their collectors. An...
This research is a doing of mapping/s through multi-sited case study research—Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (CSHF) in Calgary, Canada (pilot study), the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa, Canada (case study one), and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Canada (case study...
This interdisciplinary and intersectional thesis addresses the cult of Artemis Orthia at Sparta and particularly the 6th century BCE grotesque terracotta masks recovered there by the British School of Athens in the early 20th century. Using both material culture and literary data as primary...
My thesis holds that Ming imperial women used political opportunity and agency to formulate a strategy of building relationships with male officials and inner court residents. Other than feminine virtues, the extent to which they succeeded in the strategy decided their reputations in the...
The World in an Object Lesson: Visual Pedagogies in Children's Literature Produced for the 1893 Columbian ExpositionDownload
The World in an Object Lesson addresses the ways in which nineteenth-century reading audiences of the United States were taught to make sense of the visual stimulus of worlds fairs. The Object Lesson was one visual method which was both promoted and critiqued in the material culture of the...
“Not Everything was Good, but Many Things were Better”: East German Everyday Life, Material Culture, and the MuseumDownload
This dissertation draws on the rich context of contemporary Germany for interrogating divisive public debates on Germany’s socialist past. Grounded in the analysis of specific places and objects, particularly those relating to museums, it investigates simultaneously three distinct but also...