What exactly is a museum? Icom comes to blows over new definition

The Art Newspaper, August 17, 2019

“What exactly is a museum? If anyone knows, it should be the International Council of Museums (Icom), with its 40,000 members representing more than 20,000 museums. But that very question is, in fact, fuelling a bitter debate within the organisation and perhaps threatening its identity. On 12 August, 24 national branches—including those of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada and Russia, along with five museums’ international committees—requested the postponement of a vote on a revised definition of museums, in order to deliver a “new proposal”. 

The new definition was selected by Icom’s executive board in Paris on 22 July, but the petition issued by the 24 national committees predicts “major dissent” if the proposal, which constitutes a “considerable shift”, is adopted at its general assembly on 7 September in Kyoto. 

For almost 50 years, Icom has adhered to a statement defining the museum as “a non-profit institution” that “acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.” But some people, including the Danish curator Jette Sandahl, object saying “it does not speak the language of the 21st century” and that it does not reply to current demands of “cultural democracy”.”

More here.

American Indian Art and Activism Highlighted in Exhibitions at The Crocker

ArtFixDaily, August 17, 2019

“The Crocker Art Museum will spotlight the diversity of art by American Indians this autumn with two major exhibitions, "Pueblo Dynasties: Master Potters from Matriarchs to Contemporaries" and "When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California." The Museum will also host a symposium exploring complexities between Native and U.S. history and contemporary art, a free community festival, and more than a dozen exhibition-related special programs inspired by the exhibitions. Highlights include a film series curated by Maya Austin, formerly of the Sundance Institute; talks; workshops, studio classes; along with an array of offerings for families, educators, and students of all ages and backgrounds.”

More here.

CFP: Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting Conference on American History

(In)Equalities

Marriot Wardman Park, Washington, DC/USA

April 2-5, 2020

https://www.oah.org/meetings-events/oah20/

For centuries now, questions of “equality” and “inequality” have informed American politics and culture, and also appeared repeatedly in the histories we write, exhibit, and teach. How have the meanings of equality and inequality changed over time? How have equality and inequality, as ideas and practice, shaped--and been shaped by-- the state and its institutions, international relations and transnational circulations, economic distributions and relations of (re)production, social hierarchies and social movements, science and religion, and vernacular geographies and the micro-interactions of everyday embodied life? As keywords in historians’ lexicon, how do equality and inequality expand and limit our studies of the past? In a critical election year, how do the histories of equality and inequality help us understand the United States and its place in the world today? The 2020 OAH Annual Meeting will address the theme of (In)Equalities in our past and present.

 Contact

General Inquiries

meetings@oah.org

++1 812 855 7311

2020 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Application deadline: 1 November 2019

Application opens in August!  

http://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/smithsonian-institution-fellowship-program/

Did you know that more applications received to a program results in a larger portion of funds available to that program?  It’s true, so please encourage all eligible candidates to apply!  A recruitment flyer is attached to help you share the word.

Annual Fellowship stipend award rates:

  • $7,500/10-week Graduate Student Fellowship

  • $36,000/year for Predoctoral Fellowship

  • $50,400/year for Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • $50,400/year for Senior Researcher Fellowship

In addition to stipend a relocation allowance is provided to awardees based on location.  Predoctoral and Postdoctoral fellowship applicants can apply for a research allowance of up to $4,000 EACH YEAR.  

 In addition to general applications, we have special fellowships program such as the following which are of specific interest for anthropology:

Constance M. Filling Ten-week Graduate Student Fellowship:

https://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/filling-graduate-student-fellowship-anthropology/

Peter Buck Fellowship

https://www.smithsonianofi.com/peter-buck-fellowship-program/

Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Fellowship:

https://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/committee-on-institutional-cooperation-cic-fellowship/7868-2/

James Smithson Fellowship:
(https://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/james-smithson-fellowship-program/


Scholarship Deadline EXTENDED and Early Registration Closing on August 31st: “Museums Different,” Second Biennial Conference of the  Council for Museum Anthropology

Registration and Lodging

Registration is now open! Please visit the conference website for more information on registration, lodging, and visiting Santa Fe. Registration fee is $125. 

*** Early registration is closing on August 31, 2019. 

Session participants are required to register for the conference on or before this date. Starting on September 1, 2019, registration fee will increase to $150. ***

Hotel Information:

Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites

725 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505

We have reserved a small block of discounted sleeping rooms. Reserve your room by calling 505.982.5952, toll free at 866.433.0335, or use this special link to book online. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $120 S/D plus tax and Xperience Xclusive fees. The Xperience Xclusive fee is an additional $15.00 per night. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the Museums Different: The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. The block of rooms is limited, and rooms might sell out before the deadline. To ensure availability at the group rate, please make your reservations as soon as possible, as September is in high demand for the Santa Fe area.

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Travel and Registration Scholarships for 

Students, Native Participants, and Native Attendees: 

The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that additional funding is now available for travel and/or registration for students, Native attendees, and Native participants.

To be eligible, applicants must be Native artists, museum professionals, THPOs, or working in another capacity in which attendance at the conference will enhance either their personal, artistic, or professional development. Applications may also be non-Native tribal museum staff working for tribal museums or non-Native students. Applicants must be living and/or working in the following states or provinces: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Washington. 

The second round of applications closes on Friday August 30, 2019.

https://museumsdifferent.squarespace.com/funding

Please note that scholarships will likely not cover the full cost of attending the conference. Applicants are expected to make a contribution to their own expenses. For example, meals not included in the conference program must be paid for outside of the scholarship funds.

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Call for Volunteers 

We are looking for conference volunteers to assist with registration, AV, catering, busses, and social media. Please email us at cmaconference2019@gmail.comif you are interested! 

DEADLINE TOMORROW: Travel and Registration Scholarships for  Students, Native Participants, and Native Attendees, "Museums Different," the Biennial CMA Conference

The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that additional funding is now available for travel and/or registration for students, Native attendees, and Native participants.

To be eligible, applicants must be Native artists, museum professionals, THPOs, or working in another capacity in which attendance at the conference will enhance either their personal, artistic, or professional development. Applications may also be non-Native tribal museum staff working for tribal museums or non-Native students. Applicants must be living and/or working in the following states or provinces: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Washington. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 9, 2019.

https://museumsdifferent.squarespace.com/funding

Please note that scholarships will likely not cover the full cost of attending the conference. Applicants are expected to make a contribution to their own expenses. For example, meals not included in the conference program must be paid for outside of the scholarship funds. 

Fifth Annual Repatriation Conference, "Healing the Divide," Association on American Indian Affairs

Fifth Annual Repatriation Conference

Healing the Divide

We-Ko-Pa Resort, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Scottsdale, AZ/USA

November 12-14, 2019

https://www.indian-affairs.org/repatriation_conference.html

 

Without culture, we cannot exist as distinct and sovereign peoples.  The mission of the Association is to fight to strengthen Native American Cultural Sovereignty.  The Association has been a leader in protecting Cultural Sovereignty – the things that make us who we are – through its Repatriation, International Repatriation and Protection of Sacred Sites initiatives, as well as ensuring that culture is passed on through its Youth initiatives. The Association has advocated for the protection and repatriation of cultural items and sacred lands for almost 100 years, including the development of the National Museum of the American Indian Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act and other new legislation that will support the return and protection of our Cultural Heritage. The Association also provides training and technical assistance to Tribes and others, and is involved with repatriation of private collections both domestically and internationally from institutions, individuals and auctions.

Healing the Divide. The 2019 Association on American Indian Affairs’ Fifth Annual Repatriation Conference – Healing the Divide – will seek to foster a space of healing, sharing and learning open to all. For centuries, Indigenous Peoples have endured forced and violent assimilation, theft of religious and cultural practices, mockery and misappropriation of their cultural identities, and the continued display and sale of their most sacred cultural patrimony needed for ongoing health. These policies and attitudes have resulted in the loss of culture, religion, language and other ancestral knowledge bases, culminating in the historic trauma that all of Indian Country experiences today. Together, as a community of Tribal leaders, Tribal cultural resource practitioners, federal and state agents, foreign and domestic museums and institutions, academics, artists, dealers, collectors, and youth, we can heal the divide, illuminate answers and develop respectful consultation practices.

Throughout the three-day event, the Conference will aim to build a community, establish partnerships, and provide educational opportunities for all participants. Tribal officials, Tribal cultural resource practitioners, Native elders and youth will gather in ceremony and dialogue to support, teach and share about challenges on our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Non-Indian practitioners will engage in educational workshops and training to better understand those challenges. Ultimately, we will all come together through dynamic panels, breakout sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities to unite Tribes, federal agencies, foreign and domestic museums, dealers, collectors, auction houses, academics, and others to better our processes and the way in which we work with one another and establish a healthy future for all of us involved in repatriation.

The Fifth Annual Repatriation Conference will bring together all parties needed for this work and build the community of:

  • Tribal leaders, elders, youth and traditionalists

  • Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and Cultural Resources Staff

  • Government agencies

  • Tribal organizations

  • Museum curators and officials from Tribes, U.S. and foreign institutions

  • Lawyers

  • Arts and Antiquities Professionals

The first day of the Conference will be dedicated to setting the stage and tone for healing and understanding among all participants of the Conference, and important inter-Tribal exchanges. Topics that will be a part of the Fifth Annual Repatriation Conference will include:

  • Cultural Requirements for Healing from Historic Trauma

  • Incorporating Youth and Tribal Communities into Repatriation Practices and Advocacy

  • Working with Federal Agencies and Foreign and Domestic Institutions

  • Interacting with Private Collectors and Auction Houses

  • Exploring Tribal Custom and Culture to Develop Tribal Laws and Processes

  • Learning From Other Successful Repatriations

  • Developing New Advocacy to Support Successful Repatriation Efforts

We look forward to seeing you and working together! 

Contact Email: general.aaia@indian-affairs.org

Travel and Registration Scholarships for  Students, Native Participants, and Native Attendees

“Museums Different,” Second Biennial Conference of the 

Council for Museum Anthropology

Santa Fe, New Mexico | September 19 – September 21, 2019

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s second biennial conference will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, September 21, 2019. Using the unique position of Santa Fe -- the “City Different” -- as a starting point for thinking broadly about both local and global approaches to museum anthropology, the conference theme is “Museums Different.” We will build off the theme and conversations from our first conference, “Museum Anthropology Futures,” held in May 2017 at Concordia University in Montreal. 

The conference is based on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, home to both the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The conference includes sessions and activities at the Institute of American Indian Arts as well as an evening reception at the School for Advanced Research. 

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The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that additional funding is now available for travel and/or registration for students, Native attendees, and Native participants.

To be eligible, applicants must be Native artists, museum professionals, THPOs, or working in another capacity in which attendance at the conference will enhance either their personal, artistic, or professional development. Applications may also be non-Native tribal museum staff working for tribal museums or non-Native students. Applicants must be living and/or working in the following states or provinces: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Washington. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 9, 2019.

Click here to apply.

Please note that scholarships will likely not cover the full cost of attending the conference. Applicants are expected to make a contribution to their own expenses. For example, meals not included in the conference program must be paid for outside of the scholarship funds. 

Position Announcement: Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Visual Culture Studies, Critical Curatorial Studies, and Documentary Media-Making, UCLA

The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is conducting an Assistant/Associate Professor search for a scholar-practitioner working in one of the following areas: Visual Culture Studies, Critical Curatorial Studies, and Documentary Media-Making. We seek a colleague who will strengthen our offerings in the arts of contemporary social movements and the politics of art production. Our program values arts-activism and we welcome applications from persons whose research foregrounds the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities. Ideal candidates will be conducting interdisciplinary research that takes the form of both scholarly and creative outputs. We hope to hire a scholar-practitioner whose work demonstrates how a mode of representation is shaped through collaborative research design and a practice of methodological ethics. Applications are sought from candidates who specialize in at least one of the following areas:

  1. Practices and discourses that consider diverse or underrepresented cultural perspectives in the field of Visual Culture Studies.

  2. Practices and approaches of Critical Curatorial Studies.

  3. Documentary media-making that embodies critical engagement with institutionalized practices of documentary representation. Fields of specialism may span ethnographic, observational, performative and poetic documentaries.

The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance binds four degree programs: a BA in World Arts and Cultures, a PhD in Culture and Performance, a BA in Dance and MFA in Choreography. This position specifically will be committed to research, teaching, and service toward the former two degree programs. Within the World Arts and Cultures BA, coursework falls within three streams: Visual Cultures, Arts Activism, and Critical Research Practices. As a tenure-track position, we desire candidates with relevant teaching experience, the capacity to develop pedagogy and contribute in shaping curricula across the World Arts and Cultures BA and doctoral programs. Successful candidates will participate in doctoral recruitment, teaching, advising, as well as offer both undergraduate and graduate courses that draw from and contribute to multiple disciplines. Additionally, our department’s faculty maintain collaborative relationships with partners across campus, including the Fowler Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Center for the Art of Performance. We especially welcome applications from candidates whose research bears potential to further these collaborative relationships.

More here.

Position Announcement: Curator of Indigenous Art & Cultures, Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s celebrated international museum and houses extensive collections of art, culture, and nature featuring more than 13 million items. It is the largest Museum in Canada, with forty galleries showcased in its original heritage buildings and its 2007 Michael Lee-Chin Crystal extension designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Opened in 1914, the museum is Canada’s largest field-research institution, with research activities that span the globe.

Attracting more than 1.4 million visitors per year, the ROM has an annual operating budget of $65 million and is a world leader in communicating its research and collections to visitors. The ROM is an indispensable resource for building community by nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder.

For more information on the Royal Ontario Museum please visit www.rom.on.ca.

The Position Curator of Indigenous Art and Cultures

The ROM seeks a dynamic, energetic, innovative individual with a track record of success in exhibitions, public engagement, and curation. The successful candidate will play a critical role in the development and implementation of a strategy to build, interpret and present the collection of Canadian Indigenous Art and Cultures to visitors and audiences broadly.

The ROM’s collection of Indigenous Art and Cultures is significant within Canada, featuring more than forty thousand cultural items and works of art from diverse lands and cultures. The collection includes items from many Indigenous communities that span the last two centuries up to works by contemporary Indigenous artists. The ROM has important collections of Indigenous ceremonial and cultural heritage as well as important works of contemporary art. The ROM Fashion & Textiles collections and archaeological collections also house important Indigenous materials.

More here.

Travel and Registration Scholarships for  Students, Native Participants, and Native Attendees

“Museums Different,” Second Biennial Conference of the Council for Museum Anthropology

Santa Fe, New Mexico | September 19 – September 21, 2019

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s second biennial conference will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, September 21, 2019. Using the unique position of Santa Fe -- the “City Different” -- as a starting point for thinking broadly about both local and global approaches to museum anthropology, the conference theme is “Museums Different.” We will build off the theme and conversations from our first conference, “Museum Anthropology Futures,” held in May 2017 at Concordia University in Montreal. 

The conference is based on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, home to both the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The conference includes sessions and activities at the Institute of American Indian Arts as well as an evening reception at the School for Advanced Research. 

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 The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that additional funding is now available for travel and/or registration for students, Native attendees, and Native participants.

To be eligible, applicants must be Native artists, museum professionals, THPOs, or working in another capacity in which attendance at the conference will enhance either their personal, artistic, or professional development. Applications may also be non-Native tribal museum staff working for tribal museums or non-Native students. Applicants must be living and/or working in the following states or provinces: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Washington. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 9, 2019.

Click here to apply.

Please note that scholarships will likely not cover the full cost of attending the conference. Applicants are expected to make a contribution to their own expenses. For example, meals not included in the conference program must be paid for outside of the scholarship funds.