Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Ethnographic Filmmaking/Visual Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Cornell Univeristy

The Department of Anthropology at Cornell University, in collaboration with the Department of Performing and Media Arts, invites applications for a tenure-track position in ethnographic filmmaking/visual anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

We seek a colleague who is not only adept at bringing ethnographic insights to the critique of the contemporary media landscape, but who is also actively involved in film production. We anticipate hiring a scholar-practitioner who will be able both to teach students the practice of ethnographic filmmaking and to reflect upon how filmmaking leverages important insights into how media are deployed in the contemporary world.

While the anticipated tenure-home will be in Anthropology, we seek a creative scholar-practitioner with a Ph.D. in anthropology who will develop new directions in teaching and research, contribute to a cross-university Making Media course and a new Media Studies minor, and collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of scholars to be hired across the university as part of the Provost’s task force on Arts and Humanities and its initiative in campus-wide Media Studies at Cornell (http://provost.cornell.edu/academic-initiatives/radical-collaboration/humanities-and-arts/).    

Applications should include:

  1. a detailed letter describing current and planned research activities, teaching qualifications, and interests at both graduate and undergraduate levels;

  2. a full curriculum vitae;

  3. an article-length writing sample;

  4. a digital portfolio that best represents the kind and caliber of their filmmaking and includes as well the digital means of access to the portfolio–i.e., hyperlinks, access to a shared DropBox folder, etc.;

  5. three letters of reference (to be submitted separately).

Applications should be submitted online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12245

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until a candidate has been hired. 

Cornell University is an inclusive dynamic, and innovative university located in Ithaca, NY. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology, New Mexico State University

The Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in Native American and Indigenous Studies who is broadly trained and with preferred expertise that complements the Anthropology Department’s research and practice in one or more of the following areas: Native identity, tribal sovereignty, decolonization, Indigenous rights, tribal needs and values, intellectual property, heritage and language preservation, health disparities in Native communities, museum and visual studies, and colonial and postcolonial relations among Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups. Strengths in contemporary Native American Studies theory and research methodologies are essential, especially those that are collaborative, participatory, and focused on community action. Successful candidates will demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience working with Native American people. The development of a culturally sensitive and problem-oriented program of scholarship with potential for securing external funding is highly desirable. Abilities to contribute to Native American Studies program development, teach undergraduate and graduate students in multicultural university settings, and engage in outreach with Native American communities in the State of New Mexico, regionally in the greater Southwest, and internationally are strongly preferred.

Candidates must hold a PhD or terminal degree in a related field at time of appointment.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong potential for success in both research and teaching.  Appointment effective fall semester 2019 for the 9-month academic year.

Only online applications are accepted.

You will need to upload

  1. Letter of interest

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Unofficial transcripts that show award of terminal degree

  4. If desired, you may upload either one article or one book chapter

  5. You will also need to provide names and contact information (to include email) for 3 references.

New Mexico State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; Minorities, Indigenous, Females, Veterans, and those with Disability are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date is: November 9, 2018

Benefits Offered:  Group medical and hospital insurance, group life insurance, long-term disability insurance, state educational retirement, alternative educational retirement plans, workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation. Opportunity for educational advancement.  Nine month faculty are not eligible for annual and sick leave.

To Apply:   Please visit https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/32737

Around 1,000 People Attend Anti-Columbus Day Tour at American Museum of Natural History

Zachary Small for Hyperallergic, October 8, 2018

“This afternoon, October 8, artists and activists from Decolonize This Place gathered for their third annual Anti-Columbus Day tour of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). A drum circle of protest chants greeted unsuspecting visitors to the museum as a substantial police presence guarded the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt facing Central Park West. Some activists wore traditional Indigenous clothing, while others preferred military fatigues or genderqueer attire that signified their dedication to battle the White orthodoxies of the museum.


Demonstrators handed out fliers and pamphlets to curious onlookers outside the museum, where one activist told Hyperallergic that she thought this year’s attendance was slightly lower than last year’s, probably because of the public’s general exhaustion with the political climate and the Brett Kavanaugh controversy. Nearby, three counter-demonstrators mounted a weak rebuttal from behind police fences; they held signs that read, “Thank you ICE” and “Jail Blasey Ford.”

Ahead of their action, the coalition released a list of demands via press release, requesting that elected officials remove the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the museum and join a growing number of cities that have renamed the holiday as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. They have also requested that the AMNH establish an independent Decolonization Commission to assess the impact of persistent racist stereotypes and demeaning representation of non-European people on display within the fifth most-visited museum in the country.

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High Museum’s latest exhibition, “With Drawn Arms,” speaks to #TakeAKnee and #BlackLivesMatter

Atlanta Magazine, October 1, 2018


“Stepping off of the elevator onto the second floor of the High Museum of Art’s Ann Cox Chamber Wing, nearly 150 gold-painted arms raised with the Black Power fist are suspended in the air. Connected by cables, they form a shape that looks like a mix of Newton’s Cradle and a helix of DNA. The piece by Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino is called “Bridge,” and was the artist’s first collaboration with Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith. On October 16, 1968, Smith, along with bronze medalist John Carlos, made headlines when he raised his fist in solidarity with the civil rights movement at the medal ceremony for the 200-meter race during the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. “Bridge” is meant to convey the same message as Smith’s protest 50 years ago—to unite all people in the fight for equity and human rights.”

More here.

Selfie Culture Has Some Art Museums Caving on Strict No-Photo Policies

Bloomberg, October 1, 2018

“Museum behavior has always been synonymous with restriction: Don’t raise your voice, don’t wear backpacks, and certainly don’t touch the art. One rule, though—don’t take photographs—has been entirely done away with by some museums, and is under reconsideration by dozens of others.

There are obvious benefits to allowing non-commercial photography. Given free rein, every visitor with an Instagram account becomes a potential publicist for the museum. But there are downsides, too. Conservation is the biggest: The jury’s still out as to whether cell phone flashes cause fading, and if a visitor is focused on taking a self portrait, there’s a higher likelihood of banging into the art. “We have plaster casts on ledges,” says Tom Ryley, communications officer of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. “If you’re taking a photograph, you might back into them by mistake.””

More here.

‘Conventional Narratives of History Are Being Expanded’: Native Art Is Now Appearing in the Met’s American Wing

ArtNet News, October 2, 2018

“When the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its show “Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection” on Thursday, it will mark the first time the museum has held a show of Native American art in its American wing.

The exhibition features 116 pieces from the Dikers, a diverse range of works created by over 50 different Native American cultures dating from the 2nd century to the early 20th century. The couple has made a promised gift of many of the pieces—others are loans, or have already been donated—with the express intention that they be shown with other American works.

“The presentation in the American Wing of these exceptional works by Indigenous artists marks a critical moment in which conventional narratives of history are being expanded to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of cultures that have long been marginalized,” said Met director Max Hollein in a statement, He went on to credit the Dikers with having “forever transformed the Met’s ability to more fully display the development of American art, enabling an important shift in thinking.”

In other countries, it is common to present indigenous art as part of the wider arc of a nation’s art history, but like many US museums, the Met has always shown Native American art in its galleries for Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.”

More here.

Position Announcement: Curator of Archaeology and Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and the Department of Anthropology invite applications for a tenure-track, joint position as Curator of Archaeology and Assistant Professor. 

Applicants should have a PhD with specialization in Archaeology, and museum experience. The position includes research, curating collections, and teaching archaeology and museum studies courses. The museum houses outstanding Southwest and Plains archaeological collections. Our strengths are in Southwestern material culture research and publication, NAGPRA implementation, collaborative research with Native North American communities, and advances in contemporary archaeological and museological theory. 

More information and how to apply here:


Position Announcement: Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research, British Museum

From the “Making Connections Through World Collections” Blog:

The British Museum is looking to recruit two Project Curators  to work as part of the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research in support of the British Museum Research Strategy. 

The more senior role will involve co-ordinating and leading research within the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research . They require an experienced researcher in anthropology and/or archaeology of Latin America to  work with the Centre Director to devise research strategies and establish priorities for the Centre and guide research fellows towards achieving these goals.           

The second  role is to develop, implement and deliver on the project’s plans and outputs. The postholder will help build and manage the programme of Visiting Research Fellows, collection specialists, Centre events and outputs.  They will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre’s programmes and activities.

Fellowship Opportunity: Headley Fellowships with Art Fund

This new curatorial fellowship programme intends to encourage and facilitate imaginative and high-quality museum projects that bring wider engagement with and understanding of the treasures held across the UK’s public collections.

Headley Fellowships with Art Fund aims to give curators the time and resource to work with focused areas of their collections, deepening collections expertise within regional museums and sharing specialist knowledge across the sector. Deadline for applications is 15 October 2018.

At its heart the programme aims to:

  • Encourage the production of ambitious and high-quality museum projects which have collections at their core.

  • Give curators the time and resources needed to develop specialist knowledge and expertise relating to focused parts of their collection.

  • Invest in museums across the UK and their curators, empowering them to realise exceptional ideas for communicating with a spectrum of audiences.

  • Broker new productive relationships between museums and curators across the sector to support future collaboration in other areas.

  • Facilitate an enhanced flow of expertise and skills across the sector by feeding into established mechanisms for knowledge sharing (such as subject specialist networks).

More here.