Project Title: Chinese Vernacular Culture in the Global Midwest


Project Description:
The Chinese Vernacular Culture in the Global Midwest project will combine a new initiative focused on documenting, interpreting, and publicly presenting vernacular culture among Chinese and Chinese American communities in Indiana, Michigan, and Nebraska with the implementation stage of an already-underway museum exhibition collaboration focused on tangible and intangible cultural heritage (particularly associated with ethnic group-specific textile art traditions) in Southwestern China. The project links three CIC humanities museums (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Michigan State University Museum, and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum) and two CIC public folklore programs (Traditional Arts Indiana and the Michigan Traditional Arts Program). It also draws on a community of China and American studies scholars on these campuses as well as partnerships with three leading Chinese museums of ethnography--the Guizhou Nationalities Museum, the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities, and the Yunnan Nationalities Museum. The initiative will include a robust digital humanities component. During the planning phase, MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Michigan State University is consulting on the DH elements to be brought forward in our full proposal.

During the seed grant phase, the project team will grow and shift as the full proposal is developed. At this stage, the project leadership is comprised of: Jason Baird Jackson (PI, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University) with Jon Kay (Co-PI, Traditional Arts Indiana, Indiana University), Marsha MacDowell (Co-PI, Michigan Traditional Arts Program, Michigan State University), and C. Kurt Dewhurst (Co-PI, Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University). Project Team Members are Marin Hanson (International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dean Rehberger (MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Michigan State University), and Mary Worrall (Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University).

The Chinese Vernacular Culture in the Global Midwest project has been supported by a Global Midwest seed grant administered by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, Indiana University.

Organizer Name:
Jason Baird Jackson

Organizer's Contact Information:
jbj@indiana.edu

Organizer's Departmental and University Affiliation:
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University