Anne Callahan

Histories of Work and Leisure, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Print Culture

  • Title Histories of Work and Leisure, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Print Culture
  • Office B08
  • Education BA in Art History, Middlebury College,
    MA in Material Culture Studies, Bard Graduate Center
    MS in Studio Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I study representations of work and leisure in 19th and early 20th century North American media and examine the narratives people created to make sense of rapid industrialization and the emergence of a new class of industrial workers in this period. I’m especially interested in the opportunistic use of working hours for play, invention, and personal profit, and the creation and theorization of alternatives to managerial workplaces. Before coming to BU I worked in archives, museums, and publishing. I am also a visual artist and have exhibited my work in Massachusetts, New York, Germany, and the Netherlands. 

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