Germany allocates €1.9m for museums to research colonial-era acquisitions

The Art Newspaper, February 5, 2019

“The German government says it has allocated €1.9m this year to provenance research for artefacts that entered museum collections during the colonial era, with the funds to be administered by the German Lost Art Foundation. 

An eight-member committee including Bénédicte Savoy, the co-writer of a report urging French museums to repatriate works taken without consent from African countries, will select grant recipients on the basis of applications from German museums, a statement from Culture Minister Monika Grütters said. Other members of the panel include Albert Gouaffo of the University of Dschang in Cameroon, Barbara Plankensteiner of the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology, and Ulrike Lindner of Cologne University.

Grütters says that colonial history has for many decades been a “blind spot” in Germany. “Provenance research of items with a colonial context is an important contribution to a closer examination,” she said in the statement.”

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Call for Papers: Changing Climates: 2019 AAA/CASCA Meeting Vancouver

AAA/CASCA General Call for Papers Now Open!

From Wednesday, November 20 through Sunday, November 24, thousands of anthropologists and friends of the discipline will gather in Vancouver, BC for the joint Annual Meeting of the AAA and the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA).

The 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting submission portal is open for the General Call for Papers. We have a variety of proposal submission types available, so use our interactive video to determine the best one for you, and submit your proposal today!

Please note two important deadlines for submissions:
Submissions must be started by Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
Submitters will have until Wednesday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to finalize and submit their proposals. 

Pre-Submission Deadlines
March 20: Guest Presenter Registration request deadline (formerly Membership Exemption) for non-anthropologists or anthropologists living outside of the US or Canada who wish to present. Also the deadline to submit a Program Chair Waiver Application.
March 21: Annual Meeting registration prices increase
April 5 (3:00 p.m. EDT): New submission cutoff. Proposals must be started in the portal prior to 3:00 p.m. EDT on April 5 for consideration. The portal will not allow new submissions after this time.
April 10 (3:00 p.m. EDT): Submission deadline for submitters with active submissions. 

Registration and Membership Reminder
Meeting registration and association membership (in either AAA or CASCA) are required in order to present at the Annual Meeting.

2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting Collaboration Zone
Are you looking for someone to join your panel or are you looking for a panel to join at the 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting? Complete our online collaboration form to be placed on our panel match-up list or peruse requests from those seeking participation. Once you find your collaborators and get your session together, enter the submission portal to submit your proposed session for Annual Meeting peer review and consideration.

Special Passport Advisory
Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. If you travel with a valid U.S. passport, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from Canada. Learn more here.

International Year of Indigenous Languages

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages! Parties interested in submitting related content to the AAA/CASCA Meeting can contact Daniel Ginsberg for more information, and updates will be posted to this page as they become available.

Position Announcement: Post Doctoral Fellowship in the History of African Visual and Material Culture, Council on African Studies, MacMillan Center, Yale University

The Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center announces a postdoctoral fellowship in the history of African visual and material culture, starting July 1, 2019, for one year with possible renewal annually for two additional years.

Candidates must have recently earned a Ph.D. in History of Art or a related field with a research focus on the expressive cultures of Africa and its diasporas, in any time period and geography, including North Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and, more broadly, Africa’s transoceanic, transcontinental, and global connections. The successful candidate will co-coordinate the activities and initiatives of the African History of Art program, will teach two classes a year, and participate fully in the life of the Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center, the Department of History of Art, and the University. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and is accompanied by a relocation allowance and research funds.

 Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, two course proposals, and article-length writing sample, along with the names and addresses of three recommenders online at 

Review of materials will begin on March 1, 2019.

Position Announcement: Anthropology Collections/NAGPRA Assistant, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Assists the Curator of Anthropology with the preservation of ethnographic and archaeological objects in the museum’s Anthropology Division. Duties include monitoring the storage environment and security, conducting object condition reports, and maintaining appropriate collections documentation and databases. Other duties include: assisting the Curator with the coordination of incoming and outgoing loans; processing new acquisitions; helping supervise visiting researchers; supervising student workers, interns, and Anthropology volunteers; and working with curatorial and exhibits staff to facilitate preparation, packing, and transportation of objects for exhibit. Position also assists UNL’s NAGPRA Coordinator by monitoring environmental conditions and security, maintaining databases, assisting with report preparation for tribal and National NAGPRA Program inquiries, and assisting with repatriations.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in museum studies or a related field plus two years of experience managing museum collections. Knowledge of professional practices in object care, documentation, loans, exhibitions, packing, and shipping. Strong written and verbal communication skills, project management skills, and administrative skills to handle paperwork and meet deadlines. Ability to enter data, search, and generate reports within databases.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in museum studies. Ethnological collection experience and NAGPRAexperience. Demonstrated proficiency with databases to include the ability to add new fields and improve database performance.

More here.

Call for Applications: Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program, Mukurtu

The 2019-2020 cycle of the Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program is now open for applications. Applications are due on March 1st, 2019 by midnight. This program is run out of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University, and is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

The Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program is a cohort-based educational program providing training in the lifecycle of digital stewardship over one year, in person and online to pairs of participants from tribal institutions in the United States. The program is designed to meet the needs of tribal archives, libraries, and museums as they care for, manage, and share digital cultural heritage materials. All participants will receive in-depth training in Mukurtu CMS. Participants in the Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program are offered full scholarships, including tuition, fees, travel funds and program costs. 

Read more about the program and apply here:


American Alliance of Museums Leads National Diversity Initiative

The New York Times, January 16, 2019

“The American Alliance of Museums has announced a multimillion-dollar initiative to diversify museum leadership across the country.

The project, “Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion,” will be supported by $4 million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alice L. Walton Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The funds will go toward training and resources over the next three years that will help museum leaders better reflect the communities they serve.

recent survey by the alliance found that nearly half of all museum boards in the United States are all white, despite the fact that the majority of museum directors believe diverse and inclusive institutions connect better with the general public and can develop creative solutions to new problems.”

More here.

Reminder: Call for Session Proposals, 2019 ATALM

Over the past 12 years, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums has helped indigenous communities reclaim, revitalize, and advance cultural heritage. While great advances have been made, we are facing increasing challenges to our identities, values, and lifeways. For this reason, we have selected "Navigating Cultural Survival in the 21st Century" as the theme for ATALM2019.

In addition to sessions and workshops designed to help build the professional capacity of staff and volunteers, we are seeking sessions that help expand the use of Native languages, as well as sessions that help engage tribal leadership in supporting and strengthening cultural initiatives.

We also have made the unprecedented decision to extend the deadline for submitting session proposals. To accommodate those impacted by the federal government shutdown, Tuesday, February 5 is the new deadline. After February 5, submissions will be considered on a space-available basis.

To submit a program or review past presentation description(s), go to: