Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) Symposium Schedule

The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is hosting a symposium at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History on November 27-28, 2017 to mark the 10 year anniversary of the initial planning for the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology. Since its inception, SIMA has trained 108 graduate students in methods for the use of museum collections to advance the field of anthropology, 41 collections interns to be future museum and archives professionals, and 7 university professors to help integrate museum collections into their teaching. The symposium program will showcase SIMA’s contribution to the field of museum anthropology by featuring the work of former SIMA students and keynote lectures by Howard Morphy, distinguished Professor of Anthropology and founding Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University, and Ruth Phillips, Professor of Art History and Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa. 

 

Putting Theory & Things Together: Research With Museum Collections
Presentation Schedule -- Monday November 27, 2017

9:30 – 10:30 AM - Keynote 1 – Howard Morphy
10:30 - 10:50 AM - Denise Nicole Green - From Huulthin (Dance Shawls) to Thliitsapilthim (Ceremonial Curtains) to Mamuu (Basketry): Nuu-chah-nulth Textiles in an Ongoing Colonial Context
10:50 - 11:10 AM - Amanda J. Guzman - From Island to Museum: A Comparative Study of Puerto Rican Museum Collections
11:10 – 11:30 AM - Christopher Lowman - Cracked Lacquer: Exploring Value with Ainu Objects
11:30 – 11:50 AM - Eugenia Kisin - “Bad Art” from a “Dark Age”: Inferior Objects, Mixed Affect, and Indigenous Pedagogies on the Northwest Coast
Discussion
Lunch
1:20 – 1:40 PM - Christopher Patrello - What Does an Ethnographic Collection Look Like?
1:40 – 2:00 PM - Catherine Brooke Penaloza Patzak - The Material Ties that Bind: North American Anthropology, Bastian, Boas, and Beyond
2:00 – 2:20 PM - Sarah Richardson - Molakana and Kuna Communities in Panama and Colombia
2:20 – 2:40 PM - Catherine Nichols - Specimen Exchange in the Mid-Twentieth Century: Intersections of Collecting Institutions, Knowledge Production Practices, and Anthropologists
Discussion
3:10 – 3:30 PM – Krista Zawadski - The Nunavut Collection
3:30 – 3:50 PM - Carolyn Smith - Tracing Karuk Tribe Perspectives of Basketry in Museums
3:50 – 4:10 PM - Anna Weinreich - Caring for Garment: Some Reflections on the History, Materiality, and Conservation of Possum Skin Cloaks
4:10 – 4:30 PM - Mikael Muehlbauer - Materiality, Ritual and Kingship in the Rhinoceros Horn Beakers of King Menelik II

Discussion

5:00 PM - Poster Session (Executive Conference Room)
6:00 PM - Reception (Executive Conference Room)
Tuesday November 28, 2017
9:30 – 9:50 AM - Alessandro Questa - Domesticating the Other. Understanding Museum Masks Collections and Masewal Masked Dancing in Mexico Today
9:50 – 10:10 AM - Kaitlin Brown - Community and Cultural Resiliency in Chumash Basketweaving
10:10 – 10:30 AM - Adrian Van Allen - Flight Paths Through the Museum: The Circulation of Bird Specimens
10:30 – 10:50 AM - Hadley W. Jensen - Visualizing Craft: James Mooney and the Cultures of Collecting and Display in the American Southwest
10:50 – 11:10 AM - Sowparnika Balaswaminathan - The Material, Personal, and Political: Negotiating Indian Values for American Museums
Discussion
Lunch
12:50 – 1:50 PM – Keynote 2 Ruth Phillips
1:50 – 2:30 PM – Closing