Council for Museum Anthropology Reception, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

The Council for Museum Anthropology is hosting its annual recaption during the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the following location:

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204

Start time: 7:45 pm

The reception is open to CMA members and their guests, as well as other AAA members who have an interest in Museum Anthropology. Food and drink tickets will be provided at the start, followed by a cash bar.

Beginning at 6 pm that evening, admission to the Denver Art Museum will be free to those who show their AAA badge at the ticket desk.

The reception site is in the Duncan Pavilion, located just up the stairs from the entrance to DAM's North building. The entrance is next to the restaurant Palettes, just across the plaza from the Denver Public Library, between 13th and 14th Avenues. Here is a link to an image of the reception site.

Also, even though the museum closes to the public at 8pm, those attending the CMA reception will have an opportunity to tour DAM's American Indian galleries until 10pm that night.

Host: John P. Lukavic, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Native Arts

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Mathers Museum to Host New Summer Institute on 'Museums at the Crossroads'

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A new international summer institute focused on museums and the changing world will be hosted by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. "Museums at the Crossroads: Local Encounters, Global Knowledge," May 14 to 21, will bring together leading museum professionals; scholars of social and cultural theory and museum practice; and Indiana University Bloomington scholars, graduate students and staff.

Funded by IU's College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Global and International Studies, "Museums at the Crossroads" is the first institute of its kind to explore three key issues facing 21st-century museums: cultural crossroads -- the challenge of understanding interconnected, global cultures; disciplinary crossroads -- the challenge of adapting institutions steeped in disciplinary tradition to interdisciplinary studies; and artifactual crossroads -- the challenge of adapting to the blurred lines defining categories of "virtual" and "real."

This institute was organized and is facilitated by Eric Sandweiss, professor and Carmony Chair of History and editor of Indiana Magazine of History, and Jason Baird Jackson, associate professor of folklore and director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.
"This project leverages Indiana University's resources in both humanities scholarship and museum practice," Sandweiss said. "It marries global theorists and scholars with practitioners and students and asks what each can teach the other."

The Bloomington campus is an ideal place from which to explore common challenges and bring those professional realms together, Jackson said. "'Museums at the Crossroads,' along with the Mathers Museum's developing partnerships with other domestic and international museums, promises to make IU a key locus in an evolving global discussion of museums as tangible, concrete sites in which to understand and interpret the otherwise overwhelming scale of global social change."

"Museums at the Crossroads" attendees will participate in an eight-day program of workshops, charrettes and tours of museums, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the T.C. Steele State Historic Site and the Indiana State Museum. The Mathers Museum and its unique collections will serve as a source of workshop case studies as participants explore cultural transmission and global change within specific spaces and with particular artifacts.
The institute includes four public lectures by scholars with expertise in the "crossroads" challenges:
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 14, "Museums at the Crossroads" -- Steven Lubar, former curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and professor in the departments of American studies and history at Brown University, will discuss the modes of thought, practice and reception that distinguish the museum from other venues of cultural research and transmission.
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 15, "Cultural Crossroads: World Cultures in Transition" -- Michael Brown, the president of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M., explores globalization and localization, and their implications for understanding the relation and movement of states, people and cultures across space. Brown is the author of many scholarly essays as well as six books, including "Who Owns Native Culture?" (Harvard University Press, 2003) and "Upriver: The Turbulent Life and Times of an Amazonian People" (Harvard University Press, 2014).
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 16, "Disciplinary Crossroads: Scholarly Method and the Evolving Sociology of Knowledge" -- Stephan Fuchs, professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, will examine the evolution, interrelation and current state of history, anthropology, folklore, natural science and art -- disciplines that helped to define museums and that today offer both benefits and drawbacks to our efforts to arrive at a fresh understanding of global cultures.
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 17, "Artifactual Crossroads: Real Meets Virtual" -- Haidy Geismar, director of the digital anthropology program at England's University College London, will address the revolution in information, from its origins in print and the early electronic age through today's hypermedia, as well as the effect of changing modes of display and dissemination upon learning and teaching.
In addition to the keynote speakers, four international fellows have been selected to participate in the institute, based on their innovative work and its impact on cultural understanding: Jennifer Kramer, University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada; Jette Sandahl, formerly of the Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark; Antonia Ferreira Soares, Museu de Favela, Rio de Janeiro; and Wang Wei, Guangxi Museum of Nationalities, Nanning, Guangxi, China.

Individuals working in museums from the United States and abroad were also chosen to participate in the institute as professional partners: Carrie Hertz, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, N.M.; Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels; Stephanie Lile, Washington State Historical Society, Gig Harbor, Wash.; Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.; Jennifer Shannon, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder; Candessa Tehee, Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Okla.; and Brittany Wheeler, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

IU Bloomington faculty and staff participating in "Museums at the Crossroads" include Heather Akou, associate professor and chair of the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design; Beth Buggenhagen, associate professor of anthropology; Susan Ferentinos, Department of History; Jennifer Goodlander, assistant professor of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance; Jon Kay, professor of practice of folklore; Susan Seizer, associate professor of communication and culture; and Mathers Museum staff. Graduate students attending the institute include Meredith McGriff and Kelly Totten, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; Emily Buhrow Rogers, Departments of Anthropology and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; and Sara Clark, School of Education.
The free public lectures will take place at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave. in Bloomington. For more information, email or call 812-855-6873.

AAM Conference: Indigenous Peoples and Museums Network

The next annual American Alliance of Museums conference is coming up April 26 to 29. Here are the events in which the Indigenous Peoples and Museums Network (IPMN) will be hosting or involved with:

1) IPMN Annual Meeting will be a breakfast this year: 
Marriott Marquis Hotel  Tuesday   7:15-8:15 a.m.  
Join us for this breakfast and networking forum for those interested in strengthening the Native American voice and leadership within the museum field and AAM. Attendees will have an opportunity to share with colleagues information about their current projects and talk with others about their work.

Registration Required   Price :$35.00 

2) Business meeting for anyone who is interested in being involved in leadership IPMN: Sunday April 26 9am to 11am: Marriott Marquis Hotel

3) Marketplace of Ideas: Indigenous Peoples and Museums: How to be Heard!
MuseumExpo  Monday   3:15-5:15 p.m.  
Stop by the Marketplace of ideas to learn about the role IPMN has within AAM; help us develop ideas for session proposals for next year’s annual meeting; learn about leadership opportunities; tell us about the work you’re doing! 

4) Evening Event:  
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum  Sunday  April 26 6-8 p.m.  

Creativity and innovation grow out of collaborations among diverse perspectives. Meet with a broad group of museum professionals about inclusion, diversity and sustainability. Members of the Latino Network, Indigenous Peoples Museum Network, Asian Pacific American Network, AAAM, DIVCOM, LGBTQ and PIC Green invite you to enjoy Maurice Sendak’s exhibition, mingle, eat and drink.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided  Price :$40.00

Professional Development Oppurtunity: Native American Museum Studies Institute

ISSI’s Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues announces:
Native American Museum Studies Institute: A Professional Development Opportunity for Tribal Museum Professionals

Tuesday, June 9 - Friday, June12, 2015
to be held at University of California, Berkeley

Sponsored by:
-Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, UC Berkeley
-California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
-Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Goal: to develop the capacity of tribal community members to
·      Conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage
·      Foster tribal representations and partnerships
·      Educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development and exhibits

Workshop topics will include:
·      Collections Management and Cataloging
·      Conservation/Collections Care
·      Curation and Exhibit Design
·      Educational Programming
·      Museum Management
·      Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 
·      Museum Fundraising
·      Tribal Partnerships and Collaborations with Counties, States, and Agencies

·      Priority will be given to those already working or volunteering with a tribe’s collection in a museum or in another tribal cultural preservation project
·      Those planning a museum or other cultural preservation project may also apply and may be accepted depending upon availability

·      The training is tuition free to the participants.
·      A $50 non-refundable fee will be used to provide lunch and materials.
·      Participants will be responsible for their other meals, lodging, and travel expenses (see website for more details). Partial travel stipends are available in case of financial need.

·      Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2015.
·      Space is limited
·      Application form and complete application instructions can be downloaded from our website at or obtained via fax or mail by calling 510-643-7237.

For more information, call Christine Trost at 510-643-7237 or email 

Are Culturally Specific Museums a Good Thing?

Can oppressed groups resurrect their own suppressed histories through a museum?

What has been the historical role of race and ethnicity in the development of the natural history museum?

Can anthropology, which often provided intellectual cover for white supremacy, play a positive role in the "decolonization" of museum space?

These questions and more were dealt with at "(Re)Presenting America: the Evolution of Culturally Specific Museums," a symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, April 25.

More here

Conference: Commodifying Culture?

Dear Colleagues,

I’m very pleased to announce that ICME, the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography, will hold its annual conference in Windhoek, Namibia from
September12 to 14, 2012, with a Post-Conference Tour 15-18 September

The conference is co-hosted by the ICOM National Committee for Namibia and the Museums Association of Namibia.

The general theme is “Commodifying Culture? Cultural Villages and Living Museums”

For more information on the conference and the submission of abstracts and papers please visit the ICME website -
The online Call for Papers is open from now til May 15, 2012.
Conference registration is open now; hotel rates are available til July 31, 2012.

ICME, the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography, is one of thirty-two international committees in ICOM, the International Council of Museums. With individual and institutional members worldwide, ICME deals with museums of many names: museums of ethnography, ethnology, anthropology, folk museums, popular culture museums, völkerkunde- and volkskunde museums. What these museums usually have in common is that they are about whole societies or cultures and their objects, rather than solely a specific class of objects.

Looking forward to meeting you in Namibia.

Sincerely Yours
Annette B. Fromm
Chair of ICME-ICOM

The Next ICAHM Meeting

NOVEMBER 27-30, 2012

ICAHM (ICOMOS' International Committee on Archaeological
Heritage Management) is pleased to announce its international
conference on archaeological heritage management, to be held in
historic Cuzco, Peru on November 27-30 of this year.

Among the worldwide issues for consideration at this meeting are local
stakeholder claims on archaeological heritage; sustainable development
and community sustainability; tourism pressures and site preservation;
heritage and rights; challenges to the validity and value of the World
Heritage List as it quickly approaches 1,000 inscribed sites; the World
Heritage List decision-making process; impacts of war, civil disorder,
and natural disasters on archaeological sites; technical advances in
archaeological heritage management.

Ample opportunities exist for tours of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the
Sacred Valley before and after the conference. Contact Happy Tours at:

ICAHM will publish the best papers from this annual meeting in its
publication series with Springer Press, "Multidisciplinary Perspectives
in Archaeological Heritage Management”

Conference: Commodifying Culture? Cultural Villages and Living Museums

ICOM-ICME/2012/Namibia (ICME Annual Conference 2012)
12-14 September, 2012, & Post-Conference Tour 15-18 September

ICME (the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography) is an international committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) devoted to ethnography (ethnology, anthropology, folk) museums focusing on local, national and international cultures. ICME is concerned with the challenges facing ethnographic museums and collections in a changing world.

ICME will hold its 2012 annual conference on 12-14 September, at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia, in collaboration with the ICOM Namibia and Museums Association of Namibia. Final details of the ICME conference are forthcoming; the general format of the annual meeting will consist of paper and discussion sessions and excursions to museums and cultural sites in the area. ICME/2012/Namibia will offer a great opportunity to showcase Namibia to an international audience of museum workers

2012 Conference Theme
“Commodifying Culture? Cultural Villages and Living Museums”

Museums are increasingly conscious that many artifacts should not simply be displayed as art. Objects need to be contextualised within the framework of the intangible cultural heritage that provides them with meaning. Ethnographic exhibitions and museums strive to present a context that adds depth to the ‘reading’ of an object and to reflect the dynamic nature of culture. In Namibia and other countries there has been much debate about the best way to ‘preserve’ and ‘display’ culture since it is such a fundamental aspect of a community’s identity. How should museums reflect cultural diversity in a way that preserves tradition, but also recognizes the dynamism of living cultures?

On the one hand, museums have sought to develop new exhibitions that have moved beyond the static presentation of objects in glass cabinets using audio-visuals to show the vibrancy of cultural heritage. These new forms of representation also showcase ‘living tradition’ and aspects of continuity and change within traditional rituals, dance, music and oration.

However, another approach presents an alternative format for the preservation and preservation of intangible cultural heritage (in particular). One of the major developments which has transformed the traveller’s experience of communities they encounter have been initiatives to create spaces where communities ‘speak for themselves’ and provide musical performances and craft demonstrations to visitors. The initiatives have often labelled themselves as ‘Cultural Villages’ or ‘Living Museums’. The formula has many variations; critics complain that people at these centres are turned into exhibits, while advocates argue the opposite – that such centres empower communities and provide them with the opportunity to present and preserve their own intangible cultural heritage. The issue also raises questions about the relationship between Museums of Ethnology and the communities that they represent.

Submitting abstracts
ICME invites you to submit an abstract for a full paper (20 minutes) addressing the theme of the conference. Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words will be submitted for selection to the ICME Review Committee, chaired by Annette B. Fromm ICME President. Abstracts submitted as attachments should also be included in the text of the abstract in the text of the e-mail itself.

Submissions should be sent to by May 15, 2011. Speakers will be notified by July 1.

The following information should be included with the abstract:
- Title of submitted paper
- Name(s) of Author(s)
- Affiliation(s) & full address(es)
- Abstract in English (between 250 and 300 words)
- Support equipment required

ICME/2012/Namibia will be co-hosted by the ICOM National Committee for Namibia and the Museums Association of Namibia. The National Museum of Namibia, National Heritage Council of Namibia and UNESCO have all been invited to be co-hosts of the Conference.

General conference information
Registration forms, registration fee information, hotels, and other details will be forthcoming on the ICME web site -

During ICME/2012/Namibia, we plan to include several afternoon excursions to sites including:
1) The San exhibition at the Owela Display Centre of the National Museum of Namibia and the large new Independence Memorial Museum, due to be completed by the time of the Conference;
2) Heroes Acre, a national monument on the outskirts of Windhoek;
3) A ‘Township or City Tour’ as ‘townshop tours’ are a new form of cultural tourism that presents urban identities that in some ways confound and in other ways confirm conceptions of ethnic identity;
4) A visit to a ‘cultural village’ at Okahandja about 1 hour’s drive north of Windhoek. Okahanda, a ‘cultural village’ at about 1 hours drive north of Windhoek.

Venue & Accommodation
ICME/2012/Namibia will convene at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.
The Safari Hotel (3 stars) is holding a block of rooms for participants in ICME/2012/Namibia. All wishing to stay there will have to make their own reservations. The Conference Committee is making arrangements for reasonable rates and anyone making a booking should clearly state that they are an ICME Conference participant and send an email of their booking to the Namibian Organising Committee at or (fax2email) +26488629688..

Provisional Itinerary for Post-Conference Tour (Program subject to change)
A four day post-conference tour will introduce visitors to Namibia, a large and diverse country. Emphasis on the ICME post-conference tour will be on culture, but with ample opportunities to also view some of Namibia’s spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Day One Drive to Omaruru. Visit Damara Living Museum. Evening Braai. Sleep at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or Camping.

Day Two Visit to Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site. Visit to Burnt Mountain and Petrified Forest. Lunch at Khorixas. Drive through Etosha National Park and arrive at accommodation at Halale

Day Three Drive through Etosha National Park and exit via King Nehale Gate. Nakambale Museum (lunch) followed by drive to Tsumeb. Tour of Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo Cultural Village followed by supper.

Day Four Tour of Tsumeb Museum followed by drive to Okahandja. Lunch at Okahandja Cultural Village and opportunity to visit crafts market before returning to Windhoek.

Post-Conference Tour Fee
250 Euros (N$2,500.00)

We recommend that participants also consider staying on for an additional few days so that they can take the opportunity to make a visit to the Namib Desert at the coast or the Fish River Canyon to the south of Windhoek. We could provide the contact details of a number of tour operators who could help organise such trips or participants could hire a car as many tourists to Namibia prefer to drive themselves and, thus, have greater control over their time and movements.

CFP: Pueblo Indian Studies Symposium

2012 Pueblo Indian Studies Symposium
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87104

On October 25-26, 2012 the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the School for Advanced Research, and the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School will host a Pueblo Indian Studies Symposium in honor of Joe Sando at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Sando, a noted historian, was deeply committed to the study of Pueblo Nations and cultures and inspired many to pursue research and writing projects on the Pueblos. Through this symposium, Joe Sando’s legacy will be honored by highlighting current research in the field of Pueblo Indian studies.

Individuals are invited to submit proposals or abstracts of presentations to be given at the symposium on topics focused on Pueblo subject matter. Proposals will generally be of papers but may include other creative expression such as poetry. Submissions are welcome from community members, students, faculty, independent researchers, and professionals working in the field. They may be single authored or collaborations. Presentations specifically highlighting community based projects or other applied research in the Pueblos are encouraged.

A selection of the papers and creative works will be considered for inclusion in a future volume on Pueblo Indian studies published by SAR Press.

Proposals and abstracts should include a title of the presentation, information on the presentation’s content, and the presenter’s contact information on one-page. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2012. Email document to or mail to SAR-IARC, Pueblo Studies Symposium, P.O. Box 2188, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Any questions can be directed to or 505-954-7205.

Further details regarding the symposium will be posted at in spring 2012.

CFP: Sharing Our Knowledge

Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans

Sitka, Alaska • March 29 - April 1 • 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS/Presentations

Proposals due January 18 • • 907-586-4708

“Sharing Our Knowledge” is a multi-disciplinary conference that includes those interested in Native culture — artists, academics, students and other learners— meeting with Alaska Native tradition bearers, elders, and fluent speakers to discuss subjects such as linguistics, archaeology, art and music, Alaska Native history, cultural anthropology, indigenous law and protocols, fisheries, and traditional ecological knowledge.