ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 101 Museums and Heritage in a Globalized World: Preserving Objects, Building Nations, Re-claiming Identities
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores museums and heritage from an anthropological perspective, drawing on case-studies from various parts of the world. Historically, the development of anthropology as a discipline has been closely bound up with the development of museums, while more recent trends in anthropology have led to renewed interest in museums as objects of study in their own right. In the past few decades, museums have been proliferating all over the world, many of them set up by and for previously disenfranchised groups, such as ethnic or religious minorities. At the core of these museum-building efforts have been questions concerning culture, representation, and meaning. This course examines some of the key issues with which both anthropologists and museums professionals are struggling, including: representation, repatriation and illicit trade in cultural artifacts, globalization and tourism. We will also critically examine the history and role of museums in the West and its former colonies as well as various strategies for “decolonizing” or “reclaiming” museums both in the U.S. and abroad. Themes here include: histories and practices of collecting, the role of anthropology in the development of museums in the West, colonialism, nation building and ethnicity.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
102 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
103 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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