Welcome to our New Blog & A Call for Contributions

Practicing Museum Anthropologists -- anthropologists, curators, students, collections managers and registrars, archaeologists, archivists, repatriation officers, and community members --Welcome to our revamped blog!

This summer, in addition to a design overhaul, Lillia McEnaney (Museum Anthropology Blog Intern, New York University), Lea McChesney (Museum Anthropology Editor, University of New Mexico), and Laura Steele (Museum Anthropology Editorial Assistant, University of New Mexico) have been brainstorming new and innovative ways to make our blog as reciprocal, reflexive, and engaged as can be.

We are therefore opening a community-wide call for submissions and contributions. We want to highlight your voices – the people in the field, doing museum anthropology every day. Starting October 2017, we are currently welcoming commentaries on:

1.     Current events within, and outside of, museum anthropology. How has today’s current political climate(s) impacted your work? What controversies or challenges are prominent in your work right now? How have these events shaped the way you curate, research, learn, or teach?

2.     Notes from the field. Do you have any tips or advice about navigating academia, museums, institutions, or your field? We particularly encourage students at any phase in their education or career to reach out and tell us about your path in and around museum anthropology.

3.     Exhibition or book reviews. Did you recently visit a particularly interesting or insightful exhibition? Do you have a critique of a recently published book? Reach a wider audience in a timely way through our blog.

4.     Reflections on ideas from conferences, panels, or workshops. Did you recently participate in a particularly influential panel or conference? Did you attend a workshop that changed your practice or pedagogy?

5.     Spotlights on particular projects or objects. In 2014, Jennifer Shannon (2012-2014 Museum Anthropology Co-Editor, University of Colorado – Boulder) and McEnaney welcomed a post from John Millhauser (link), that analyzed the Aztec World exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum. Millhauser focused his analysis on two influential objects, and we hope to continue this style of inquiry. These spotlights can focus on project process or results, object histories and provenances, or archival microcosms.

6.     Commentaries. Museum Anthropology regularly publishes commentaries on the field that allow for personal voices and arguments to be highlighted, and we hope to expand this practice to the blog. Do you have a thought, opinion, or comment on the state of the field that you want to address? Or, do you have a response to a commentary already published in the journal?

7.     Interviews. Shannon and McEnaney began an on-going interview series on the blog in 2014 (link), and we now hope to bring it directly into the hands of our readers. Do you have an influential advisor, mentor, or supervisor to interview whose experience would benefit our audiences?

If you have an idea that doesn’t fit into any of the above options, please let us know. We want to highlight a diversity of experiences, subfields, and perspectives. Most importantly, we want to know how museum anthropology works where you are.

Please email Lillia McEnaney with questions, proposals, or drafts. We look forward to hearing from you!