2017 - 20th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Mementoes and Transitional Objects in Lake Forest College Dormitories

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Jack Hirsch, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Skybox

Abstract

Matriculation at Lake Forest College is a form of displacement. Students transport their culture from home through the medium of objects; some to be used for personal comfort, some imbued with emotion, cultural significance and personal identity. In the dormitories, the resident becomes the artist, and the object becomes the material part of the person. Investigation was applied to three dormitory dwellings by means of a survey and a photographic mapping of all objects in each room. Artifacts were subdivided into two major groups, utilitarian and gonfalon (banners). This analysis provides a greater understanding of the process of identity creation.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-11-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

4-11-2017 11:45 AM

Panel

Archaeology of Now

Panel Moderator

Davis Schneiderman

Field of Study for Presentation

American Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology

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Mementoes and Transitional Objects in Lake Forest College Dormitories

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Matriculation at Lake Forest College is a form of displacement. Students transport their culture from home through the medium of objects; some to be used for personal comfort, some imbued with emotion, cultural significance and personal identity. In the dormitories, the resident becomes the artist, and the object becomes the material part of the person. Investigation was applied to three dormitory dwellings by means of a survey and a photographic mapping of all objects in each room. Artifacts were subdivided into two major groups, utilitarian and gonfalon (banners). This analysis provides a greater understanding of the process of identity creation.