Position Announcement: Archaeology Collections Mananger, Bishop Museum

Archaeology Collections Manager

The Archaeology Collections Manager is responsible for administering the care and maintenance of collections and associated records in the Anthropology Department. The Collections Manager supervises collections staff activities and manages activities associated with collections use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains overall responsibility of all collections, unless care of a specific collection or group of collections has been designated to another qualified individual.

  • Supervises and coordinates the training and work of collections staff and volunteers and encourages their professional development to manage the collections efficiently and effectively.

  • Takes the lead in developing and writing grant proposals to support proper care, processing, and access associated with assigned collections.

  • Supervises and participates in the processing of transactions to ensure that additions to and deletions from the collections are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law. Receives and reviews collections offered by potential donors.

  • Supervises and participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.

  • Plans, arranges, and maintains storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions, and appropriately secures the collections to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.

  • Develops and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information. Assists with safe collections access to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquires to provide accurate and appropriate information.

  • Provides guided tours and explanations to public groups to demonstrate the collections’ care and use, and to inform the public of Museum resources.

  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the museum.


  • Masters degree in a related field or 5+ years of experience in collections management.

  • Expertise in Hawaiian and Pacific archaeology.

  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.

  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

Council for Museum Anthropology Seeks Editors for "Museum Anthropology"

Council for Museum Anthropology Seeks Editors for Museum Anthropology

The Council for Museum Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) seeks new Editors of the section's peer reviewed journal, Museum Anthropology, and invites letters of interest and nominations for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2019.  

Museum Anthropology is a leading voice for scholarly research on the collection, interpretation, and representation of the material world. Through critical articles, provocative commentaries, new publishing formats and thoughtful reviews, this peer-reviewed journal aspires to cultivate vibrant dialogues that reflect the global and transdisciplinary work of museums. Situated at the intersection of practice and theory, Museum Anthropology advances our knowledge of the ways in which material objects are intertwined with living histories of cultural display, economics, socio-politics, law, memory, ethics, colonialism, conservation, and public education. Museum Anthropologyis published twice yearly by Wiley-Blackwell. It appears in print, for members of the section and for institutional subscribers, as well as on AnthroSource, the AAA's portal for all its publications. 

Editors also oversees the journal's blog and participates in its annual meetings at the AAA. Financial support for the editorial staff is negotiated each fiscal year with the CMA Board and includes some travel expenses to the AAA meeting and other conferences, and professional copy editing services. After shadowing the current Editor and her team on the Fall 2019 issue, the new Editors will assume the final review and content editing for the Fall 2019 issue, and assume full editorial responsibility for the Spring 2020 issue. 

Editors of Museum Anthropology have a unique opportunity to shaping the section’s identity and future. Previous Editors have been encouraged to put their own stamp on the journal, and we are searching for dynamic individuals who are interested in contributing to the development of museum anthropology broadly, as well as raising the profile of our work within the AAA. Editors are not expected to have expertise in all subfields of museum anthropology but must be interested in creatively developing vital conversations within and across fields and forms of practice and engagement, as well as in contributing collaboratively to the global construction and circulation of anthropological knowledge about and within museum settings. We expect this to include engagement with critical scholarly topics and public debate, as well as with new developments in digital publishing and use of media. Above all, the CMA Board of Directors seeks Editors who will maintain the journal at the cutting edge of the field.

Previous editorial experience is not required; however, the nomination letter should provide evidence of the nominee’s or nominees’ qualifications in several critical areas. New Editors will be expected to

·       maintain the journal’s high standards while also actively encouraging innovative scholarship in museum anthropology

·       manage the smooth operation of processes related to manuscript submission, review, and publication – including use of relevant software; 

·       work with the CMA board regarding the journal’s budget and longer-term planning; 

·       coordinate with designated CMA officers for the journal’s online presence (web, blog, Facebook and Twitter);

·       effectively manage a small editorial staff; and 

·      work effectively with diverse constituencies, including authors and prospective authors, manuscript reviewers, the AAA Publications Office, the CMA Board, the journal's Editorial Board, and Wiley Blackwell staff. 

Given the demands of the editorship, we strongly encourage applications from teams of two or three candidates. 

We would normally expect Editors to hold permanent museum or tenured academic positions. Associate or co-editors may have other professional situations. The successful candidates will be expected to negotiate institutional support with their home institution – including office space, course release, various forms of in-kind support (telephone and internet access are critical), and personnel who can serve as an editorial assistant/editorial manager (including the option of a graduate assistant). CMA also provides (limited) support for these purposes, but the editorship itself is not a paid position. The selection of Editors is not contingent on advance offers of institutional support, but the search committee encourages candidates – particularly at the finalist stage – to discuss the prospects concretely with their museum director, department chair and/or other appropriate administrators.

Please note that participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process is encouraged and will be welcomed. The new Editors will be expected to join CMA, if not already members.

Individuals and teams interested in applying for the position and those wishing to nominate a colleague should contact CMA Journal Committee chair David Odo at david_odo@harvard.edufor additional information. We are also requesting a brief letter of interest that indicates your experience and ideas for the journal, and a recent curriculum vita. While this is a rolling deadline, applications for best consideration should be received by May 15, 2019.

The final choice of the next Editors will be made by the CMA Board of Directors.

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 [@] gmail.com

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.