2019 CMA "Museums Different" Conference -- Pre-Conference Workshop Applications due July 22nd!

Museums Different: “Guidelines for Collaboration: Practical Considerations of Access, Documentation, and Relationship-Building”

Date: September 18, 2019 from 9am-5pm 

Location: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology

The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that we will beoffering a pre-“Museums Different” conference workshop on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 addressing the philosophical and practical realities of collaboration between museums and communities. The Guidelines for Collaboration, a document drafted by the National Museum of the American Indian and the School for Advanced Research to aid museums in initiating and navigating collaborative projects with Native peoples, will be used as a reference for the day’s discussion.

Designed as a practicum, the workshop is intended to broaden knowledge of the Guidelines while also testing their utility with curators and museum anthropologists. The workshop will demonstrate the ways in which all phases of museum work, including conservation and collections management, are responsible for the initiation and sustaining of collaborative work.  

Each participant will be asked to review the Guidelines prior to the workshop. One week before the start of the session, all participants must submit a 3-minute example of an issue, specific problem, question, or some aspect of a collaborative project that either went well or did not go well. 

 To apply, please send the below information to cmaconference2019@gmail.com: 

·     Name, title, institutional affiliation, and tribal affiliation (if applicable) 

·     One paragraph indicating how participation in this workshop will further your academic or professional goals 

·     One paragraph describing your previous experience and/or interest in collaborative museum work  

Applications are due on July 22nd, and participants will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop by July 29th. Please email Landis Smith and Lillia McEnaney at cmaconference2019@gmail.comfor questions about the workshop program or application process.  

Workshop speakers may include: Dr. Bruce Bernstein (Executive Director, Coe Center for the Arts; Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Pojoaque), Jennifer Day (Registrar, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research), Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo; Curator of Ethnology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology), Kelly McHugh (Supervisory Collections Manager, National Museum of the American Indian), and Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Assistant Director for Collections, National Museum of the American Indian). Additional speakers will be announced shortly. 

This workshop is organized by Landis Smith (Collaborative Programs Consultant at the School for Advanced Research; Projects Conservator at the Museums of New Mexico) in conversation with the Council for Museum Anthropology’s Local Arrangements Conference Committee. 

2019 CMA "Museums Different" Conference -- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open!

Please visit the conference website for more information on registration, lodging, and visiting Santa Fe. 

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.

La Fonda on the Plaza

100 East San Francisco Street 

Santa Fe, NM 87501

We also have reserved a limited block of rooms at the historic La Fonda on the plaza. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $299/SD plus tax. To reserve these rooms, please call 800.523.5002, extension #1. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. 

British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war

The Guardian, July 8, 2019

“Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits.

The British Museum gave details on Monday of one of the most significant repatriation cases it has dealt with relating to the illegal looting of artefacts from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Nine sculptural heads and a torso were intercepted at Heathrow in 2002 after a flight from Peshawar in Pakistan. After a long legal process, they were sent to the British Museum last year to be analysed, conserved and catalogued.

St John Simpson, a senior curator at the museum, said the heads would have been painted and had bodies and would have adorned the walls of Buddhist monasteries in the ancient kingdom of Gandhāra about 1,500 years ago.

“They are stunning,” he said. “These are quite outstanding. We’ve returned thousands of objects to Kabul over the years but this is the first time we’ve been able to work on Buddhist pieces.”

Simpson said the Gandhāran sculptures were most likely caught up in the most intense period of Taliban iconoclasm in early 2001, during which giant Buddha statutes in the Bamiyan valley were blown up.”

More here.

Position Announcement: Assistant Curator of African Anthropology & Archaeology, Field Museum Chicago

The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator of African Anthropology & Archaeology, including Egypt. The Field Museum's Anthropology Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, and we seek a colleague focused on using material culture to address pressing questions of global importance. Our curators focus on research on the rise of urbanism, as well as economic, environmental, and political anthropology, global heritage, and social resilience. We are seeking a collegial individual with strong communication skills to develop an outstanding research program in African Anthropology who will complement our existing faculty expertise in the areas of comparative research. The candidate should also have strong ties to African descendant communities and have a plan for engaging them with museum collections.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded field research program, to contribute to building and using the African Anthropology collections, and to participate in Museum exhibition, public outreach and education, and programmatic efforts. Close relationships with local universities, especially UIC and Northwestern, provide opportunities for participation in graduate and undergraduate training. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline must be held by the start of employment. Applications should include: (1) a Curriculum Vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and career objectives; (3) names and contact information for three people from whom letters of recommendation may be sought; and (4) copies of up to 5 relevant publications. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019.

To apply and for inquiries, e-mail: anthrosearch@fieldmuseum.org.

Position Announcement: Collections Assistant, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research

Founded in 1907, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) is one of North America’s preeminent independent institutes for the study of anthropology, related social sciences, and the humanities. SAR is home to the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC), one of the nation’s most important Southwestern Native American art research collections. The IARC also provides resident fellowships for Native artists. Additionally, the IARC stewards and makes available to scholars and artists and extensive collection of Native American art and conducts lectures, artist open houses, and campus tours for the public.

Since its establishment in 1978, the IARC has served as a key resource for museum professionals, scholars, artists, and the source communities represented in our collections. Our outreach to and work with descendant communities increases knowledge and understanding of our collections while also providing important guidance from tribal representatives about long-term collections management and community engagement. Another important focus of IARC’s programs is the intergenerational transfer of skills and knowledge to preserve culture and artistic practices. IARC also works closely with underserved communities in the Santa Fe area to provide arts education for youth.

 The Indian Arts Research Center has an immediate opening for a collections assistant. This position is responsible for assisting the collections manager with the physical care and management of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) and Arroyo Hondo collections in consultation with IARC director and in accordance with the AAM Code of Ethics. Provides direct assistance with preventive maintenance and conservation techniques, storage, and any concerns associated with daily collections care practices. This position is full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES:

  • Assists with collections care including acquisitions, preventive conservation, access, security, environmental and pest control monitoring, storage, inventory, and loans.

  • Assists in training of volunteers and IARC interns working on collections management and curatorial projects.

  • Assists the collections manager with collections-related correspondence.

  • Works with IARC staff in achieving administrative goals and objectives.

  • Updates data (i.e., condition, conservation, and locations records) into The Museum System (TMS) database.

  • Assists with symposiums, seminars, collection reviews, NAGPRA consultations, and other program activities as requested by the collections manager and IARC director.

  • Assists in monitoring HVAC system and other environmental controls to ensure storage conditions are adequate for collections.

  • Assists in implementing integrated pest management procedures.

  • Assists with research and community visits and accommodates Native artist fellows with access to collections when needed.

  • Assists IARC staff with collections management-related tours.

  • Informs collections manager of any concerns related to the general maintenance and care of collections.

  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION: The position reports to the IARC collections manager.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum two years museum experience. Bachelor’s degree in art history, anthropology, Southwest studies, museum studies or history desired. Demonstrated knowledge of Southwest Native American art and culture. Basic knowledge of storage practices, collections management, and preventive conservation methods. Must also have some familiarity with, and be respectful of, culturally sensitive issues among the diverse Native American communities represented in the IARC collection. Good speaking, writing, and computer skills are necessary. Must have good interpersonal skills and be excel in a team-oriented environment.

Salary is $34,000 to $37,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include 403(b) retirement plan and option to participate in group health, dental, life insurance plans. SAR also offers paid holidays as well as generous vacation and sick leave benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:

Application deadline is Friday July 19, 2019. To be considered, applications will be emailed to sandoval@sarsf.org. The application documents must be in one .pdf file and includes cover letter, résumé, and list of three (3) professional references; and the .pdf file name includes candidate’s last name.

 

Pre-Conference Workshop, Post-Conference Trip, and General Registration NOW OPEN: “Museums Different,” Second Biennial Conference of the  Council for Museum Anthropology

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 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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Registration and Lodging

 

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

  

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.

 

La Fonda on the Plaza

100 East San Francisco Street 

Santa Fe, NM 87501

 

We also have reserved a limited block of rooms at the historic La Fonda on the plaza. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $299/SD plus tax. To reserve these rooms, please call 800.523.5002, extension #1. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. 

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Pre-Conference Workshop 

 

Museums Different: “Guidelines for Collaboration: Practical Considerations of Access, Documentation, and Relationship-Building”

 

Date: September 18, 2019 from 9am-5pm 

Location: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology

 

The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that we will beoffering a pre-“Museums Different” conference workshop on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 addressing the philosophical and practical realities of collaboration between museums and communities. The Guidelines for Collaboration, a document drafted by the National Museum of the American Indian and the School for Advanced Research to aid museums in initiating and navigating collaborative projects with Native peoples, will be used as a reference for the day’s discussion.

 

Designed as a practicum, the workshop is intended to broaden knowledge of the Guidelines while also testing their utility with curators and museum anthropologists. The workshop will demonstrate the ways in which all phases of museum work, including conservation and collections management, are responsible for the initiation and sustaining of collaborative work. 

 

Each participant will be asked to review the Guidelines prior to the workshop. One week before the start of the session, all participants must submit a 3-minute example of an issue, specific problem, question, or some aspect of a collaborative project that either went well or did not go well. 

 

To apply, please send the below information to cmaconference2019@gmail.com: 

·     Name, title, institutional affiliation, and tribal affiliation (if applicable) 

·     One paragraph indicating how participation in this workshop will further your academic or professional goals 

·     One paragraph describing your previous experience and/or interest in collaborative museum work 

 

Applications are due on July 22nd, and participants will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop by July 29th. Please email Landis Smith and Lillia McEnaney at cmaconference2019@gmail.comfor questions about the workshop program or application process.  

 

Workshop speakers may include: Dr. Bruce Bernstein (Executive Director, Coe Center for the Arts; Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Pojoaque), Jennifer Day (Registrar, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research), Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo; Curator of Ethnology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology), Kelly McHugh (Supervisory Collections Manager, National Museum of the American Indian), and Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Assistant Director for Collections, National Museum of the American Indian). Additional speakers will be announced shortly. 

 

This workshop is organized by Landis Smith (Collaborative Programs Consultant at the School for Advanced Research; Projects Conservator at the Museums of New Mexico) in conversation with the Council for Museum Anthropology’s Local Arrangements Conference Committee. 

 

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Post-Conference Trip

 

On Sunday, September 21st, the Council for Museum Anthropology is offering a one-day post-conference trip. The day will begin with a tour of the ancestral San Ildefonso mesa-top village of Tsankawi. The hike is about 2 1/2 miles with a moderate climb. Following our walk, we will travel to the Tewa village of San Ildefonso for lunch and a pottery demonstration at the home of a celebrated potter. On the way back to Santa Fe, our tour will take us through the village of Chimayo for a self-guided visit to the world famous El Santuario de Chimayo, and the day will end with a dinner at the equally famous Rancho de Chimayo. 

 

The cost of the one-day trip will be $70.00. Transportation and the cost of lunch is included in this cost. To register for this program, please fill email cmaconference2019@gmail.comand we will send you more information.Registration will be capped at 25 people. 

 

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Funding Opportunities for Native Attendees and Participants

 

In the coming weeks, we will be announcing generous travel and registration scholarship opportunities for Native speakers and participants. Watch CMA social media channels for this exciting announcement.

 

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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! 

Better Safe Than Sorry: American Museums Take Measures Mindful of Repatriation of African Art

June 11, 2019, ARTnews

This past February, the Metropolitan Museum of Art ended an exhibition earlier than expected when the centerpiece of “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin”—after seven months on view with robust attendance figures nearing 450,000—was found to have been looted from Egypt. The museum had acquired the ornate golden coffin from the first century B.C. two years ago for €3.5 million (around $3.9 million) from Christophe Kunicki, a Parisian art dealer who supplied fake provenance records including a forged Egyptian export license dated 1971.

According to an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, however, it appeared that the coffin had been stolen from its homeland in 2011. In response to the finding, the Met agreed to turn the artifact over to the Egyptian government. But the question of how such a tainted treasure could work its way through the hallowed museum’s acquisition process remained.

“Stewards of the world’s most important artifacts have a duty to hold their acquisitions to the highest level of scrutiny,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement at the time. Max Hollein, the Met director then just a few months on the job, said, “Our museum must be a leader among our peers in the respect for cultural property and in the rigor and transparency of the policy and practices that we follow.” Hollein vowed that the Met would learn from the incident and that he would personally be “leading a review” of the acquisition program in order “to understand what more can be done to prevent such events in the future.”

The turnabout at the Met was not the first of its kind in the United States, and it won’t be the last. In fact, calls for repatriation of holdings in American museums may be about to get much more heated, as attention to the matter migrates beyond Europe and demands for closer scrutiny intensify across the globe.

More here.

Op-Ed Project Workshop, American Anthropological Association

Deadline approaching for this fabulous opportunity -- apply by 30 June to take part in this Op-Ed Project workshop.

“Whoever tells the story … writes history”

This is a good time for anthropology. Today’s anthropologists are making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling civilization’s most pressing problems. We have a world of information the world needs to know, and now there’s an opportunity for you to add to the national and international conversations that affect all of us.

This fall, the American Anthropological Association is offering, on a pilot basis, up to 12 members the opportunity to take part in one-day “Write to Change the World” workshops organized and facilitated by The Op-Ed Project – a think tank and leadership organization that accelerates the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices. They are a community of journalists and thought leaders who actively share knowledge, resources and connections with stunning results. 

Programs are based on time-tested models of transformational learning. Games, high stakes scenarios, and live experiments challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways. You will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and access to a national network of journalist mentors for individual follow up.

The AAA will make this opportunity available to 12 members who are based in or can travel to:
Detroit, September 2019
Los Angeles, October 2019
McAllen, TX, November 2019
New York City, December 2019

Expenses for those selected include registration fees and travel reimbursement for the workshop. AAA will also arrange for special “coaches/mentors” to provide participants with feedback on topics, drafts, and placement choices post workshop.

To be considered, please submit by June 30:
• Your background and contact information
• A short - 750 words or less - writing sample aimed for a general audience (it doesn’t have to be a published piece)
• A brief paragraph on why this workshop matters to you and how it will make a difference
Please send all information to jmartin@americananthro.org.

Activists Occupy El Museo del Barrio During Its 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Hyperallergic, June 11, 2019

“El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem celebrated its 50th birthday today, June 11, with live Puerto Rican music concerts, salsa dances, and workshops for families and their children as part the Museum Mile Festival on 5th avenue. At the center of this festive event was the opening of the second part of Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969 – 2019, an exhibition featuring highlights from the museum’s permanent collection. Against this background, activists from the Latinx community took to the museum to voice their concerns over its future and mission.

Around 7pm, a group of about 15 protestors dressed in T-shirts that read “El Museo Fue del Barrio” (which is loosely translated to mean, “the museum left the neighborhood” according to the organizers) occupied El Museo’s galleries to read out the Mirror Manifesto next to some of the most political works in the exhibition.”

More here.

Position Announcements: School of Museum Studies, University of Leicseter

Salary details: Grade 8 £39,609 to £48,677 or Grade 9 £51,630 to £58,089 per annum

Hours per week: 37.5

Advert closes midnight on: 08 Jul 2019

About the role

One of the finest and most interdisciplinary research and teaching departments in the UK (RAE2008/REF2014), the School of Museum Studies is recognised as at the global forefront in its field. It is a collective of committed individuals from a range of disciplinary backgrounds – sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, art history, geography, media and communication studies, learning technology, cultural policy and others – who put museums, galleries and heritage at the centre of debates on social justice, health and wellbeing, development and conflict, nation-making, cultural policy, digital change, the artworld, institutionalism, curatorial practice and more.

We are now looking to expand and diversify our team, and we are seeking talented people from both within and beyond the museum studies field.

We have very high levels of staff retention and offer a remarkable platform for a distinctive and internationally-engaged career. To join us, you must be committed to delivering research of the highest quality and integrity, to providing exceptional student-centred learning and to the continued flourishing of our mutually supportive, inclusive and cohesive working environment.

About you

You will have a PhD in one of the many areas relevant to the study of museums and related cultural institutions, phenomena and concerns. You will have an exceptional track record of the highest quality research, including published and/or in press outputs likely to meet the 4* quality criteria and submission requirements of REF2021. You will have excellent, aspirational vision and a clear plan for your future research. You will embrace opportunities for international engagement and collaboration. You will demonstrate a steadfast commitment to outstanding student experience and to international students (all our teaching is postgraduate). You will be willing and able to supervise PhD students across a range of topics.

We are looking for those with an unwavering dedication to excellence and integrity in research and teaching, who will become committed, fully active members of our collegiate, inclusive School.

Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact the Head of School, Professor Sandra Dudley, on 0116 252 3963 or shd3@le.ac.uk

Interviews are likely to take place during the week beginning 22 July 2019.

We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching, and we recognise that our strength is built on the talent of our scholars. The University is a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, holds an Athena Swan Silver award, supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and is one of 10 universities worldwide to be selected by the United Nations to act as a HeForShe 10x10x10 Impact Champion. Applications for job-share and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs. We seek to embed an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit into our research culture, and to create an environment in which both disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinarity thrive.

We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension schemes and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

More here.