Dr. Erica Lehrer organizes Museum Anthropology Futures Conference

From May 25 to 27, more than 100 diverse experts in the field are congregating at Concordia University to examine these questions and many others at the US-based Council for Museum Anthropology’s inaugural Museum Anthropology Futures conference.

Learn more about the association’s first conference here.

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ACHS 2016: Thinking through the Museum Roundtable

ACHS Thinking through the Museum panel members.

ACHS Thinking through the Museum panel members. (L to R: Jennifer Robinson, Heather Igloliorte, Monica Patterson, Angela Failler, Erica Lehrer, Shelley Butler)

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Thinking through the Museum research team members Angela Failler, Heather Igloliorte, Erica Lehrer, and Monica Patterson were joined by colleagues Shelley Ruth Butler and Jennifer C. Robinson for a roundtable discussion at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

The discussion focused on the conference’s theme and asked the question: what might the heritage of difficult knowledge change, if productively curated? Participants discussed topics including (but not limited to): slow museology and conflict; game methodologies to address victim competition; children and difficult knowledge; counter-museums and social justice, failed politics of recognition, museum leadership and structure, and indigenous curatorial practice and settler colonialism.

While the Canadian Museum of Human Rights was a central focus, particularly in relation to the Partnership Development Grant from SSHRC, participants also drew on their broad field of engagement, including museums in Poland, South Africa, northern Canada, the United States, and Germany.

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Dr. Patterson speaks at Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts International Conference

Dr. Patterson at her talk in Australia.

Dr. Patterson at her talk in Australia.

On December 11, Dr. Monica Patterson spoke about the Thinking through the Museum project at the Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts International Conference in Adelaide, Australia at the University of South Australia.

Dr. Patterson’s paper, “Difficult Knowledge in Public: Thinking through the Museum” was presented in the Postcolonial Issues in Arts and Culture area during a parallel paper session. Her paper discussed this partnership and the concept of working through difficult knowledge in the context of museum and gallery exhibitions.

Dr. Patterson speaking on "Blackchat" in Sydney, Australia

Dr. Patterson speaking on “Blackchat” in Sydney, Australia

More information on the conference can be accessed at http://stpaconference.org/.

While in Australia, Dr. Patterson was also featured as a guest on guest on “Blackchat”, on Koori Radio in Redfern, Sydney’s only First Nations radio station. She was there to talk about postcolonial issues in arts and culture, and some of the challenges and possibilities for achieving social justice in Canada and the United States.

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