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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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Food at the Museum

foodanthro , November 28th, 2017

A brief reminder about two off-site events during the AAA meetings in DC: The SAFN distinguished lecturer, Paula J. Johnson, is a curator, project director, and public historian…


Shifting Perspectives: The Man in Africa Hall at the American Museum of Natural History at 50

Enid Schildkrout & Jacklyn Grace Lacey , October 18th, 2017

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in NY circa 2000. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. The “Man in Africa Hall” at the American Museum…

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Anthropology Now and Then in the American Museum of Natural History: An Alternative Museum

Emily Martin & Susan Harding , October 18th, 2017

The action by Decolonize this Place on the steps of the AMNH included veiling the statue of Teddy Roosevelt. Photo courtesy Hrag Vartanian. https://hyperallergic.com/329225/decolonizethisplace-d…

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Were Peace Medals the Price of Loyalty?

Stephen E. Nash , October 5th, 2017

Gift-giving is common to all human societies; it’s one of the behaviors that makes us human. We give gifts to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and weddings, not to mention…


Looking Ahead: University Anthropology Museums Matter

Jason Baird Jackson , July 15th, 2017

With notices going out from the Program Committee this week, the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting (November 29-December 3, 2017) is coming into focus. Notes that I am…

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The Many Hands Shirt: Reuniting a Family and an Heirloom

Stephen E. Nash , May 11th, 2017

In late 2013, I got an out-of-the-blue call from Stella Iron Cloud, a member of the Oglala Lakota (a.k.a. Oglala Sioux) Tribe of South Dakota. She asked if…


Paid Internships for IU Students at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Jason Baird Jackson , March 21st, 2017

We have realized a big museum goal–establishing a paid internship program at MMWC. Please check out the announcement (below and here) and encourage bachelors and masters students to…

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Mild Apocalypse – Feral Landscapes in Denmark: Reflections on an Exhibition

colinhoag , February 21st, 2017

By Nathalia S. Brichet, Frida Hastrup, and Felix Riede § From the late 1930s until 1970, low-grade brown coal was extracted at Søby in mainland Denmark. This activity carried out largely…


Awkward Objects of Genocide

Diana Marsh , February 17th, 2017

The Holocaust and Vernacular Arts in and beyond Polish Ethnographic Museums “Krematorium” (“Crematorium”), Władysław Chajec (1904-1986), 1965, Kamienica Górna, Poland. Inventory No. 31395, Collection …

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Seeing Through? The Materiality of Dioramas (1600-2010)

Haidy Geismar , November 21st, 2016


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An Interview with Jessica Richardson Smith, Museum Anthropologist and Research Services Librarian at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Jason Baird Jackson , November 14th, 2016

Jessica Richardson Smith is the Research Services Librarian at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. She pursued three majors—Anthropology, Latin and Greek, and Geology for her Indiana University…

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Reflections on The Mind is a Collection

Jason Baird Jackson , September 23rd, 2016

On September 22, 2016 Indiana University’s Center for Eighteenth Century Studies held the 2016 Kenshur Prize celebration at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The museum was an…

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Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa

Jason Baird Jackson , August 30th, 2016

Get all the details by checking out the new press release announcing the Mathers Museum of World Cultures’ programs and activities in support of the exhibition Siyazama: Traditional…

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Plethora of Patrons and Programs Prompts Parking Progress

Jason Baird Jackson , August 27th, 2016

(Sorry about that headline. I could not control myself.) This fall there will be an extraordinary number of programs at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. We hope…

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An Interview with Curator and American Music Specialist Levon Williams

Jason Baird Jackson , August 12th, 2016

Levon Williams will return to Indiana University in the fall of 2016 to pursue a MA degree in Non-Profit Management in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs….

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An Interview with Dorothy J. Berry, Metadata Specialist and Project Manager for Umbra, an Initiative of the Givens Collection of African American Literature, University of Minnesota Libraries

Jason Baird Jackson , July 18th, 2016

While a graduate student at Indiana University, Dorothy J. Berry concurrently earned an MA degree in ethnomusicology from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and a MLS degree…

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An Interview with Alexander Betts, Curator at the Ohio History Connection

Jason Baird Jackson , July 15th, 2016

Alex Betts is a Curator at the Ohio History Connection based at the OHC’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. He earned a MA with distinction in Museum and Artefact…

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An Interview with Sterling Jenson of the March Field Air Museum

Jason Baird Jackson , July 6th, 2016

Sterling Jenson is the Collections Manager at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. He earned a B.A. degree in folklore and an M.A. degree in arts…

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An Interview with Dr. Lori Hall-Araujo, Curator and Assistant Professor at Stephens College

Jason Baird Jackson , July 5th, 2016

In fall 2016, Lori Hall-Araujo will begin a position as Assistant Professor and Curator in the School of Design and the Costume Museum at Stephens College in Columbia,…

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Remaking the Museum for the 21st century

Grant , July 1st, 2016

Several months ago, Robert Fogarty asked if I wanted to contribute something to a special issue of The Antioch Review called “The Future of Museums.” I did! It’s been…

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The Birth of the “Neanderthals”

Paige Madison , May 25th, 2016

When first found, “Neanderthal man” remains were thought by some scientists to be from a diseased modern human. However, upon examining the Gibraltar skull, George Busk argued that…


Stone Points to a Connected World

Rosemary Joyce , May 2nd, 2016

I was sitting in the brightly lit workroom at the Pitt Rivers Museum on a frigid day in November 2010, when I opened one of the bags that…