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  • Biographical Description

  • Professor of Anthropology, Director of Museum of Anthropology and Museum and Heritage Studies

    Co-Editor with Richard Sandell, Museum Studies, University of Leicester, Routledge Series Museum Meanings

  • Curriculum Vitae 2022

  • Publications

  • New Book: Museums and Anthropology in the Age of Engagement

    Museums and Anthropology in the Age of Engagement considers changes that have been taking place in museum anthropology as it has been responding to pressures to be more socially relevant, useful, and accountable to diverse communities.

    Based on the author’s own research and applied work over the past 30 years, the book gives examples of the wide-ranging work being carried out today in museum anthropology as both an academic, scholarly field and variety of applied, public anthropology. While it examines major trends that characterize our current "age of engagement," the book also critically examines the public role of museums and anthropology in colonial and postcolonial contexts, namely in the US, the Netherlands, and Indonesia. Throughout the book, Kreps questions what purposes and interests museums and anthropology serve in these different times and places.

    Museums and Anthropology in the Age of Engagement is a valuable resource for readers interested in an historical and comparative study of museums and anthropology, and the forms engagement has taken. It should be especially useful to students and instructors looking for a text that provides in one volume a history of museum anthropology and methods for doing critical, reflexive museum ethnography and collaborative work.

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  • Projects

  • Denes et al_Learning to Safeguard.doc

  • Anarch-Etiquette ultimo.doc

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    Graffiti Project 232.jpg
  • Lemproject Publications available on LEM website

    Participationg, Museums and Civic Engagement. In New
    Trends in Museums in the 21st Century. Report Number 7, 2013

    The Power of Words and Vocabularies. In Museums and
    Intercultural Dialogue. Report Number 4, 2013.


  • Participatory Approaches
  • Theorizing Heritage article.pdf

  • Non-Western Models of Museums
  • Liberating Culture: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Museums, Curation, and Heritage Preservation.London: Routledge, 2003. Curatorship as Social Practice. Curator46/3. July 2003, pp. 311-323 "The Idea of 'Pusaka' as an Indigenous Form of Cultural Heritage Preservation." In Performing Objects. Museums, Material Culture and Performance in Southeast Asia. ed. Fiona Kerlogue. Contributions to Critical Museology and Material Culture. The Horniman Museum and Gardens, London. 2004, 1-14.
  • Review of Who Owns the Past.pdf

  • kreps_Appropriate Museology 2.pdf

  • Indigenous Curation and Intangible Cultural Heritage Routledge 2008.pdf

  • Intangible Threads.pdf

  • Thai Monastery Museums Contemporary Expressions.

  • Cultural Heritage, Humanitarianism, and Developm

  • Research

  • Gallery

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    The Princess and I.JPG Professor Kreps with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and colleagues attending the conference "Cross Cultural Perspectives on Museums and Communities," 28-29 September 2005.
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    Viet Nam and Nobels 001.jpg Front of the National Museum of Ethnology, Ha Noi, Viet Nam, where Professor Kreps taught a seminar on "Evaluating Museums, Exhibits, and Vistors" with Dr. Frank Proschan from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Studies. The seminar was sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Twenty-five museum workers from museums throughout Viet Nam attended the seminar.

This portfolio last updated: 16-Aug-2022 2:59 PM