Paid Internship Opportunity: New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society is offering full-time, eight week internships in both our museum and library divisions. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators and educators, college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and cultivate fruitful professional  relationships. Applicants who are selected to participate in this rewarding yet demanding experience will either be paid a stipend of $3000 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The spring summer internship program will run June through August (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 280 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Internship applications open: Tuesday, February 12th
Internship applications close:  Deadline extended! Monday, March 25th
Internship dates: June-August 2019

Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students though recent graduates may also apply. Please see individual descriptions for department specific requirements. Interns are considered employees, and upon acceptance into the program are required to provide documentation that they are legally allowed to work in the United States. International students may apply and are responsible for providing the same documentation and obtaining the necessary visas. 

Applicant Information

To apply, the following must be submitted:

  • A cover letter indicating in which position/department you are interested

  • A resume

  • 5-10 page writing sample*

  • 2 letters of recommendation (one must be from a professor)

Belgium’s Africa Museum reopens, as country confronts its violent colonial past

The Washington Post, March 15, 2019

“The years-long renovation of Belgium’s grand museum devoted to Central Africa was intended to overhaul an institution that was packed with racist images of Africans as savage, sexualized creatures, in exhibits barely touched since the heyday of the country’s domination of Congo. Now its reopening has ignited an angry debate here about whether the country has done enough — or too much — to own up to its past. 

Celebrities have said they knew little growing up about Belgium’s violent history in Congo, learning only of the “civilizing mission” the museum once focused on. Defenders of colonial rule have said the new museum is overly apologetic and plays down the benefits of Belgian state-building in Congo. African expatriate communities in Belgium say the renovation didn’t go far enough. Even a U.N. human rights commission has weighed in.”

More here.

Call for Papers: 2019 CMA Conference, "Museums Different," Santa Fe, NM

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

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dates: September 19 – September 21, 2019

Deadlines: June 1, 2019 midnight MST

See the call for papers HERE.

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s second biennial conference will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, 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. 

**Please take note of the conference’s date change.** 

The conference is based on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, home to both the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology and the Museum of International Folk Art. 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. 

New Issue: Museum Anthropology, v. 42, no. 1

Museum Anthropology
Volume 42, Issue 1

Pages: 1-56

Spring 2019

Issue Information

Issue Information

Pages: 1-2 | First Published: 14 March 2019 


Vulnerability and Value

Lea S. McChesney

Pages: 3-4 | First Published: 14 March 2019 


Posterity Is Now

Jen Shannon

Pages: 5-13 | First Published: 14 March 2019 


MEANINGFUL DONATIONS AND SHARED GOVERNANCE: Growing the Philippine Heritage Collection through Co‐Curation at the Field Museum

Neal Matherne, Hannah Quaintance

Pages: 14-27 | First Published: 14 March 2019 

“I DON’T WANT MY TOWN TURNED INTO A SPECTACLE”: Community Museums as Tactics

Pamela Stern, Peter V. Hall

Pages: 28-41 | First Published: 14 March 2019 


House of Eternal Return. Exhibit at Meow Wolf. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Lillia McEnaney

Pages: 42-43 | First Published: 14 March 2019 

Recomposed Pieces. Exhibit at the Musée de l'Homme

Lise Puyo

Pages: 44-46 | First Published: 14 March 2019 

Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles. Exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery

Susan Rodgers

Pages: 47-48 | First Published: 14 March 2019 


Collecting, Ordering, Governing: Anthropology, Museums, and Liberal Government

Diana E. Marsh

Pages: 49-50 | First Published: 14 March 2019 

Yakuglas’ Legacy: The Art and Times of Charlie James

Christopher W. Smith

Pages: 51-52 | First Published: 14 March 2019 

Naamiwan's Drum: The Story of Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts

Blaire Kristine Topash‐Caldwell

Pages: 53-54 | First Published: 14 March 2019 



Pages: 55-56 | First Published: 14 March 2019

Internship Opportunity: Latinx Political History Internship, National Museum of American History

The The Division of Political and Military History works to document Latinos’ political impact on mainstream democratic practices.  Building upon the strengths of the National Museum of American History’s Political History Collections, the Initiative focuses on innovative political organizing strategies developed and employed by undocumented youth to affected national policy.  Much like antislavery advocates, women’s suffragists, and Civil Rights workers, undocumented Americans have influenced government policy without the right to vote. Through interviews, community based collecting, and oral histories, the division seeks to listen, synthesize, and record how Latinos impact democratic practices. Questions we consider include: How have Latinos impacted American political practice?  How have Latinos challenged and transformed American understandings of rights and democracy throughout our history? How are these politics practiced today?  How have at-risk undocumented Americans formed a powerful national coalition?  How did such an unprecedented movement emerge?  How have these movements built upon a cultural citizenship to push for human rights?  How are these actions transforming American understanding of citizenship?

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to create a collaborative learning experience to build a Latinx political history collection and share it with a national audience.

Seeking CMA members interested in participating in an AAA panel in Vancouver, November 2019

Indigenous Material culture, Ecological Knowledge, and Climate Change 

Papers and discussants are sought for a proposed panel linking the material culture of Indigenous North or South Americans with traditional ecological knowledge and the impact of climate change.  The underlying indigenous cosmology will form the basis of understanding the linkages.  The objects of study could include utilitarian goods, clothing, and artworks made from any material, and can reflect collections research, field research, or exhibitions and programming.  Papers related to indigenous peoples from other geographic regions may be considered.

Up to five papers, each related to a different American Indian group would form the panel, together with up to two discussants.  Please indicate which type of submission you would make.

The panel proposal needs to be submitted prior to 5 April 2019.  Deadline for AAA portal submission is 10 April 2019.  Please indicate your interest prior to 5 March 2019 to dianamarks77 [@]

Faculty Fellows Call for Applications for 2019-2020 Academic Year, The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is pleased to invite proposals from tenure-track faculty at Brown University for our Faculty Fellows Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. This program supports the development of courses and course components using the Museum’s archaeological and ethnographic collections.

The Museum’s collections include objects from every area of the world, with particular strengths in historic and prehistoric North, Middle, and South America, Africa, and South Asia (visit our Collections page). The Haffenreffer’s exhibition spaces and its CultureLab, both in Manning Hall, are convenient for teaching purposes that might include class visits, student research projects, work on exhibitions, or other assignments as applicants see fit. Current users include faculty and students from Anthropology, History, the Joukowsky Institute, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies. We encourage faculty from all disciplines to consider adding a material culture component to their teaching.

Each fellow will be awarded $500 in research funds that may be used for research or course development expenses. Haffenreffer staff will be available to help identify readings, provide feedback on assignments, and introduce fellows to the collections and museum resources.

More here.

Position Announcement: Associate Professorship in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology with a non-Tutorial Fellowship, Univeristy of Oxford

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and St. Peter’s College are recruiting an Associate Professor of Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology to join the team delivering the highly successful graduate programme in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology (VMMA). The successful candidate will be expected to undertake research in one or more of these areas and to teach and supervise mainly at the graduate level, but also at the undergraduate level, to contribute to admissions, examining and assessment, and to academic administration.

The School has strong links with the Pitt Rivers Museum, as is indicated by its name, and therefore offers a unique environment for teaching and research in the fields of visual, material, and museum anthropology. The partnership has developed an extremely strong teaching and research profile in recent years. The taught course graduate programme in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology is very popular and attracts excellent students from all over the world; visual, material and museum anthropology are also taught at undergraduate level for the BA in Archaeology and Anthropology.

More here.

Museum Anthropology Teaching Resources: "Museum Anthropology" Syllabus, Dr. Cory Willmott, Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University

If you have a syllabus or course resources you'd like to share with our community, please email and we will post it at a later date. 


“This course situates anthropology museums among the various types of museums, examines the roles of museums in the history of anthropology, and explores contemporary issues in museum anthropology in the three fields of anthropology that are currently involved with museums (archaeology, biological and cultural). The course will emphasize international issues and relations between museum anthropologists and Native Americans.”

See syllabus here.

Position Announcement: Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research

The School for Advanced Research (SAR), established in 1907, is a residential center located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and focused on the cultivation of innovative research in anthropology and related social sciences as well as the work of Native American artists.

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) is a division of SAR. The IARC strives to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native American studies, art history, and creative expression. This is accomplished by promoting study and exploration of the IARC collection; providing Native American arts fellowship opportunities for artists to engage in uninterrupted creativity; fostering dialogue among artists, researchers, scholars, and community members through seminars and symposia; and nurturing future arts and museums professionals through experiential training. The IARC collection is considered to be one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native American art in the world. Representing a broad range of works, the collection encompasses more than 12,000 items housed in two vaults on the SAR campus. Stewardship of the collection, undertaken in close collaboration with the region’s Native communities, is a primary focus of IARC activities.


The Director of the IARC develops policies and procedures for the artistic, fund-raising, and administrative programs of the Center. This includes supervision of the IARC’s staff and provision of administrative oversight and scholarly expertise. This position reports to the president of SAR, and is full time, FLSA exempt.

More here.