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A Call for Transformation: Ending the Myth of Neutrality

Bryan Cockrell , July 2nd, 2019

Following my introductory post, I now describe the first of three parts of my call for transformation in museums and the academic-industrial complex. The first part is to:…


Exhibitions Week: Quilting Art and Tradition—People, Handcrafts, and Community Life (a.k.a. Quilts of Southwest China)

Jason Baird Jackson , March 19th, 2019

The MMWC has a huge amount of exhibition related news. This week I devote a series of posts to highlighting some of these developments. Huang Biyu introduces her…

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Does Art Have a Homeland?

Charlotte Joy , March 6th, 2019

Detail from a 16th-century bronze plaque from Benin, West Africa, held at the British Museum, London. Trustees of the British Museum This article was originally published at Aeon and has…


The NASA Ames Junk Tent

Michael Oman-Reagan , March 1st, 2019

History matters when explaining why we should fund NASA’s science. A junk tent with broken exhibits doesn’t tell that story. If you ever need a NASA logo pattern to…

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Haidy Geismar on her new book, Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age

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https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/museum-object-lessons-for-the-digital-age Interview by Joshua Bell Joshua Bell: Your book is a manifesto of sorts of what the digital – as a relatively ne…

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Shreds and Patches in 2018

Jason Baird Jackson , January 1st, 2019

Which Shreds and Patches posts were most popular in 2018? These were: What is the current status of confidentiality and non-disclosure policies at HAU? Coconut Rattles in Florida…

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Material Culture Journalism, 5

Jason Baird Jackson , December 25th, 2018

Material culture journalism, continued. Thanks to those who share stories… “Gritty’s Evolution from Googly-eyed Hockey Mascot to Meme to Leftist Avatar, Explained | On our burning hunger f…

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At the Estonian National Museum

Jason Baird Jackson , November 1st, 2018

#fulbrightspecialist #fulbright #exchangeourworld This is the third of three anticipated posts on my fall 2019 visit to Estonia (1st, 2nd). A great resource for the University of Tartu’s…

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The 2019 Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)

Jason Baird Jackson , October 31st, 2018

It is time to think about SIMA again! As in the past, I share here on an announcement from the SIMA organizers at the National Museum of Natural…

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The Skeletons in the Museum Closet

Stephen E. Nash , October 29th, 2018

Museums are full of wonderful things. From the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Institution’s natural history museum to the Folsom point at the Denver Museum of Nature &…


Two Short Courses in Tartu

Jason Baird Jackson , October 24th, 2018

#fulbrightspecialist #fulbright #exchangeourworld In an earlier post, I expressed my appreciation for the opportunity to visit the University of Tartu as a Fulbright Specialist. Among my tasks w…

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The University of Tartu, Appreciated

Jason Baird Jackson , October 17th, 2018

I recently spent an extended time in Tartu, Estonia. I had the wonderful opportunity to be a Fulbright Specialist visiting the Departments of: (1) Estonian and Comparative Folklore,…

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Layers – A Photography Exhibition #livesofobjects

Minke Nouwens , September 20th, 2018

Allegra has an extensive archive of photographs. These images are usually incorporated as supporting materials to written essays. This exhibition is a small intervention in the archive to…


What’s Left Behind – A visual essay #livesofobjects

Brook Andrew , September 19th, 2018

Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist theories. Through museum and archival interventions, he aims to offer alternat…


The Secret Life of Objects: Strategies for Telling New Stories in Exhibitions #livesofobjects

Lauren Reid , September 18th, 2018

You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects – Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet It’s 2013 and I am poring over the Ethnographic Collection of the…


The Un(der)revealed Relations of Things in Museums: an introduction #livesofobjects

Minke Nouwens , September 17th, 2018

I was at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam one fall afternoon when I decided to take a shortcut through the exhibition from the library to my office. To take…


The turbulent life of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq

Mary Shepperson , July 17th, 2018

Launched in 1932 the school has spent almost a century uncovering Iraq’s ancient treasures, including the spectacular Assyrian capital at Nimrud On a dark November day in 1929,…

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The turbulent life of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq

Mary Shepperson , July 17th, 2018

Launched in 1932 the school has spent almost a century uncovering Iraq’s ancient treasures, including the spectacular Assyrian capital at Nimrud On a dark November day in 1929,…

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After the Workshop, Before the Fieldwork (12/12)

Jason Baird Jackson , January 16th, 2018

A photograph of the project team and special guests on the steps of the Anthropological Museum of Guangxi in Nanning. December 12, 2017. Photograph courtesy of the Anthropological…

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Workshop on Ethnographic Methods in Museum Folklore and Ethnology

Jason Baird Jackson , January 13th, 2018

This post is the next in my series of reports on the trip to China that American museum colleagues and I took in December 2017. The Beijing posts…

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The Ethnic Costume Museum at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (12/9)

Jason Baird Jackson , January 6th, 2018

In the previous post in this series, I described how my traveling companions and I visited Beijing’s 798 Art Zone. (For the series in order, see 1, 2,…

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The Museum of Women and Children | 中国妇女儿童博物馆 (12/9)

Jason Baird Jackson , January 4th, 2018

This is the third 2017 China trip post. As in the two (1, 2) previous posts, it reports on adventures in Beijing with Jon Kay (my MMWC colleague)…

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The Temple of Heaven | 天壇 (12/8)

Jason Baird Jackson , January 3rd, 2018

This briefer note is the second on our recent trip to China. The context for this travel will come (I hope) a few posts down the road. For…

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The IU Gateway Office and Tsinghua University Art Museum (12/8)

Jason Baird Jackson , January 2nd, 2018

This post is about a portion of my recent trip to China. The main focus of this trip was collaborative ethnographic research in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, but…

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