October 12+13

Keynote Lecture:
Irene Winter,
Harvard University
October 12, 6:00 pm

October 13
10 am - 5:30 pm

Payson Lecture Room
Carpenter Library
Bryn Mawr College

Symposiums Past


Experts, Dabblers, Hirelings, and... . . . . Hacks

The Third Biennial Bryn Mawr College
Graduate Student Symposium

In the study of past societies, one finds that some cultures admired or stressed the importance of specialists or "experts," while other cultures eschewed or de-emphasized specialization. Our conference seeks to examine the relative value of experience for all periods of the past. "Experience" or "professionalism" in this context relates to visual media (craft), statesmanship, language, education and other areas. From the prehistoric potter to the Athenian sculptor, the Roman administrator to the Italian "Renaissance man" up to the modern day performance artist, how have individuals' views on professionalism changed over time and how have they been affected by social class, political power and contemporary theoretical viewpoints?