Reading Artifacts Summer Institute 2013

Network Node: 
Mon., Aug. 19, 2013, 9:00am - Fri., Aug. 23, 2013, 6:00pm

The Cluster is partnering with the Canada Science and Technology Museum to support student travel for the annual Reading Artifacts Summer Institute.

Presented by:

  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC)
    Collection and Research Branch and Conservation Services

Discover alternative historical perspectives and methods in the midst of Canada’s largest collection in science, medicine and technology. Our annual artifact sessions in the CSTMC’s Reserve Collection facility bring together Canadian and international scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum. Participants immerse themselves in our collection gaining renewed appreciation for artifacts and the multiple, unpredictable stories they tell.

Guest faculty for 2013:

  • Dr. Joe Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, Mount Royal University


  • Graduate Students
  • Post-docs
  • Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts
  • Scholars seeking to expand their research methods
  • Museum professionals

Participants will:

  • investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic collections as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation of history
  • work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting to explore material culture methodologies and approaches
  • use artifacts as the centre of discussion and hands-on group examinations
  • become acquainted with conservation, cataloguing and collection development principles and practices

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dates: August 19-23, 2013
Tuition: Students $300 Post-Docs $400 Faculty, scholars and museum professionals $500
(includes breaks, breakfasts, lunches, and a field trip)
*Students can apply for financial assistance. Send requests and budget after registration and acceptance.