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The Dark Side of Collecting: A Very Short History

Thursday Lecture Series, Ambivalence

dateApril 22, 2021 timeThursday, 12:30pm EDT locationVirtual Event

This event has been canceled.

  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.

At what point in time did it become possible to look at a collection and imagine that one saw the inner life of an individual projected outwards? And at what point did it become possible to diagnose collections as manifestations of various ills -- political, social and psychological? This brief talk explores the long history of the collector in the cultural imagination. Is there something wrong with people who collect, what is the matter with them, and what is the meaning of what is wrong with them?

Guest lecturer: James Delbourgo, Rutgers University
James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Professor of History

Please note that registering for this event will sign you up for the entire Thursday Lecture Series for the Spring 2021 semester.

Organized by SOF Fellow Ardeta Gjikola

Talks in this series will be followed by discussion, including a Q&A session with the audience.

Please email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.