Join the Ballard Institute for our third Summer 2020 Online Puppet Forum Series event on Facebook Live! These forums, hosted by Ballard Institute director and puppet historian John Bell, will consist of discussions with notable scholars and practitioners around the world about the past, present, and future of puppetry and puppetry studies.
On June 18 at 4 p.m. ET, Professor Scott Shershow of University of California, Davis will speak with John Bell about “Object Lessons: Material Culture and Humanistic Studies,” and how puppets and performing objects have been part of literary studies, the new philosophic field of “object-oriented ontology,” and even such mundane subjects as bread and the nature of letters.
Scott Cutler Shershow is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Puppets and “Popular” Culture (Cornell University 1995) and of other articles and books on theater, popular culture and critical theory. His most recent books are Bread, from Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” series, (2016); and The Love of Ruins: Letters on Lovecraft (SUNY 2017).