Few musical instruments are more closely tied or hold greater significance to American history than the banjo. From its West African roots, to its birth in the seventeenth century Caribbean, and through its meteoric rise in nineteenth century American popular culture, the banjo is an iconic instrument whose impact is woven into the cultural fabric of the American experience. As scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts continue to discover new information about the early banjo, there is no collective location to maintain, interact with, and collectively analyze this important data. The proposed Banjo Sightings Database Project (BSD) will combine rare and widely-dispersed primary source material (circa 1650-1870) with appropriate and innovative technological applications, resulting in a system that not only catalogs information about the early banjo, but also establishes an interactive, peer-reviewed knowledge management system, allowing users to explore the early banjo.
This article is about the wealth and material culture of the Jamaican elite during the age of abolition. The planter class had a huge material investment in plantation slavery, and wealth derived from this allowed it to live ostentatiously and to consume conspicuously. Those who did not migrate away from Jamaica were drawn towards colonial towns, many of them taking up residence in, or at the edges of, urban centres. Lists of personal property found in probate inventories show how planters cultivated separate spheres of activity on the plantations and at their peri-urban homes, putting physical and cultural distance between themselves and the sources of their wealth.
Eighteenth-century British literature and culture, material culture, gender studies, maternity, production and reproduction, origin myths and histories.
US literatures and cultures, 19th and 20th centuries; collecting; material cultures; museums; experimental film.
Victorian literature & culture; material culture studies; embodiment; intersections of socio-spatial, psychological, material, and embodied interiorities; adaptation studies; pedagogy
Victorian lit and culture, fin de siecle lit, psychology, evolutionary science, dreams, objects and material culture.
Victorian novels, popular fiction, material culture, marriage plot, women’s writing.
Colonial Latin American literature & history, gender studies, visual and material culture.
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature; economic history and theory; the novel; material culture; history of the book
Medieval Literature, Multilingualism, Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve, Kempe, Translation Studies, Disability Studies, Sociolinguistics, Material Culture, Digital Humanities