The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lecture series: Translating Knowledge. Global Perspectives on Museum and Community (University of Michigan)

University of Michigan Museum Studies Program Colloquium

TRANSLATING KNOWLEDGE
Global Perspectives on Museum and Community

Winter Lectures/Workshops
January 2009 - March 2010


What happens to the meaning, the knowledge, associated with an object as it moves from its community of origin to the museum? What role can the community play in the process of translation and transformation? Can partnerships between community and museum mitigate the social and ethical challenges of appropriating and interpreting other people's things and ideas?

The University of Michigan Museum Studies Program is pleased to present, Translating Knowledge: Global Perspectives on Museum and Community, a colloquium that considers strategies for engaging communities in the complex processes of interpreting and presenting their histories and cultures in the museum. This is the second part of a year-long series of lectures and workshops that brings to the University of Michigan ten international scholars whose work offers new models for confronting the social and political challenges of ownership and representation in museums and other cultural institutions.

Each participant will present a lecture that examines the theory and a workshop that explores the practice of their community-engaged scholarship.

Raymond Silverman
University of Michigan
"Locating Culture with/in a Ghanaian Community"
Lecture: Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art Workshop: Wednesday, January 13, 4-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, U-M Museum of Art

Paul Tapsell
University of Otago (New Zealand)
"Ko Tawa: Where Are the Glass Cabinets?"
Lecture: Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art Workshop: Wednesday, January 27, 4-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, U-M Museum of Art

Sheila Watson
University of Leicester (United Kingdom) "Communities and Museums: Equal Partners?"
Lecture: Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art Workshop: Wednesday, February 10, 4-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, U-M Museum of Art

Sven Haakanson
Alutiiq Museum (Alaska)
"Reversing the Loss of Traditional Knowledge through Museum Collections"
Lecture, Monday, February 22, 7:00 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art Workshop: Tuesday, February 23, 4-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, U-M Museum of Art

Aaron Glass
Bard Graduate Center and American Museum of Natural History "Indigenous
Ontologies, Digital Futures: Plural Provenances and the Challenge of Collaborative Museum Documentation"
Lecture: Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art
Workshop: Wednesday, March 10, 4-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, U-M Museum of Art

Ivan Karp
Emory University
"Museums and Their Communities or Communities and Their Museums"
Lecture: Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art Workshop: Wednesday, March 31, 4-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, U-M Museum of Art


All lectures and workshops are free and open to the public. For additional information about the colloquium please visit the Museum Studies Program website at www.umich.edu/~ummsp/events/tk.htm or call 734-936-6678.

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