• Description

  • MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC CULTURE (ANTH 2600)

    Winter Quarter 2014, MW 12:00-1:50, Sturm 154

    Professor Dean Saitta

    (Banner Photograph: Parthenon Sculptures Gallery, The British Museum, London)

    Anthropologists do not just collect information about, and interpret, the cultural lifeways of people. They also make representations of them for public consumption. Museums are venues in which anthropologists represent cultures through objects, exhibits, educational programming, film, and other media. Museums are also public institutions and sites of public culture where cultural productions are constantly being challenged, debated, and negotiated. At issue are questions concerning diverse publics’ claims on culture, art and history, and the multiple ways these arenas are conceptualized, created, consumed, understood, and managed in democratic societies.

    The course introduces students to the historical and contemporary role of museums in anthropology and public culture, and the increasing importance of both in civic life. Through the analysis of case studies, directed museum visits, and films students learn to critically evaluate cultural representations in museums as well as other sites of public culture such as archaeological and historical sites, monuments, and popular media.

    The course also introduces students to work in museum anthropology and museum studies based on the following premises:

    • Museum anthropology is a form of applied anthropology in which museums are a venue for making anthropological insights and knowledge accessible and relevant to the public.
    • Museums, as institutions of public culture, are a forum for exploring contemporary social issues and concerns.
    • The role of museums in society and civic engagement is at the core of contemporary museum anthropology and museology.
  • Required Text

  • Conn, Do Museums Still Need Objects?
    Conn, Do Museums Still Need Objects?
  • Course Assignments

  • Assignment #1: NAGPRA

  • Assignment #2: Comparative Exhibit Review

  • Assignment #3: The Third Museum

  • Course Syllabus

  • Syllabus, Winter 2014

  • Required Readings

  • Course Materials

  • Study Questions for Film: Riches, Rivals, and Radicals

  • Study Questions for Film: Ishi, The Last Yahi

  • Film Outline: Science or Sacrilege?

  • Slide Show Outline: A Meditation on Museum Architecture

  • Film Outline: The Rape of Europa

  • Key Course Concepts: Summary

  • Course Slide Shows

  • Intro Slides, Part 1

  • Intro Slides, Part 2

  • Intro Slides, Part 3

  • Meditation on Museum Architecture, Part 1

  • Meditation on Museum Architecture, Part 2

  • Meditation on Museum Architecture, Part 3

  • Meditation on Museum Architecture, Part 4

  • Meditation on Museum Architecture, Part 5

  • Memorial Museums, Part 1

  • Memorial Museums, Part 2

  • Science Museums, Part 1

  • Science Museums, Part 2

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