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Soon Kai Poh (BGC Conservation as a Human Science Fellow) will give a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Monday, November 11, at 12:15 pm. His talk is entitled “Conservation as a Human Science at BGC.”

For many years, the practice of conservation has been tacitly accepted in the life of objects. In recent decades, the work of conservators and conservation as a professional field has drawn increasing attention from both individuals and institutions who interrogate the object, although there has been less critical scrutiny from broader humanist perspectives. The Cultures of Conservation and Conserving Active Matter initiatives at Bard Graduate Center have explored these ideas over the last seven years, and continue to do so, culminating in an exhibition slated for Spring 2022. The exhibition aims to provide a refreshing take on what it means to display conservation and its associated activities through its conception as a human science. In this talk, Soon Kai Poh will describe how an early career objects conservator can benefit from the wide-ranging intellectual life at Bard Graduate Center, as an experimental proof-of-concept of conservation as a human science. Drawing from this research, the talk will also briefly discuss the ongoing development of the exhibition, informally introducing it to the Bard Graduate Center community.

This talk will take place in the Seminar Room at 38 West 86th Street and is open to the BGC community and invited guests. Please RSVP to