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About Amanda G Sikarskie

I am a research associate with the Quilt Index, www.quiltindex.org, an online archive providing preservation and access for over 50,000 quilts, and as such, my research interests fall into two main tracks: the digital turn in public history and early American quilt history. Much of my research in past years has dealt with questions raised by large digital archives, such as ways in which historians can use new computing applications to solve historical questions, Benjaminian notions of authenticity in the age of digital reproduction, and the nature of digital material culture. My current research looks at augmented reality in museum exhibitions and at the crowdsourcing of historical research and writing by lay scholars on social media sites. I am also interested in the use of digital mapping tools to tell a spatial history of quilts. Other research interests include the global production, distribution, and consumption of textiles and dyes in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the place of sewing and quiltmaking in the cult of domesticity, quilts affiliated with the Founding Mothers, and the use of mourning prints in quiltmaking.

Positions

Present Research Associate, The Quilt Index - Michigan State University Museum
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Present Department of History, Western Michigan University
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Present Adjunct Professor, Western Michigan University
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Courses

  • Museums in a Digital Age
  • Popular Art & Architecture in America
  • Museum Studies
  • Cultural Resource Management


Quilt Studies (40)