MUSEUMS 498 - Special Topics in Museum Studies
Section: 001 Museum and Community
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Museums (MUSEUMS)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
1
Other:
Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Initial class meeting 9/23/09 from 3-4 in 125 UMMA. Other meeting dates: September 29, 30 October 13, 14 October 27, 28 November 17, 18 December 8, 9 Tuesday Lectures will be held in the Stern Auditorium, UM Museum of Art. Wednesday Lectures will be held in 125 UMMA (multi-purpose room), UM Museum of Art.

Meets 9/23/2009-12/9/2009. (Drop/Add deadline=10/06/09.).

Advisory Prerequisites:
MUSEUMS 301 or MSP 601.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

What happens to the meaning of an object when it moves from the community in which it originated to the museum? What roles can community and museum play in producing and reproducing the knowledge associated with such objects? Can partnerships between community and museum mitigate the social and ethical challenges of appropriating and interpreting other people’s things and ideas?

This course has been developed to take advantage of an exceptional event at U-M, a lecture series titled Translating Knowledge: Global Perspectives on Museum and Community that considers strategies for engaging communities in the complex processes of interpreting and presenting their histories and cultures in museums. This year-long lecture series 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.

The course has been organized to provide students an opportunity to engage the scholars who will be participating in Translating Knowledge. This fall, five scholars will visit UM. A 2.5-hour seminar has been organized to accompany each lecture. Students enrolled in this special topics course will be expected to attend all five lectures and five seminar sessions. Please see the list of lectures and meeting times below.

One or two articles will be assigned for each lecture/seminar meeting. Students will be required to maintain a journal of their experiences that integrates observations from lectures, seminars and readings. This journal will be submitted to the instructor at the end of the semester, on Monday, December 14. A final 10-15-page summative paper that considers the relationship between the five presentations and the general theme of the lecture series will be due on Monday, December 14.

There will be a single organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 23, from 3 to 4 pm. If you cannot attend this meeting but would like to enroll in the course please contact the instructor.

Schedule of Lectures and Seminars

Noor Nieftagodien
University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Writing Local Community Histories in Post-Apartheid South Africa:
Reflections on Current Practices and Imagining New Possibilities
Lecture: September 29, 7-8:30 pm, Stern Auditorium, UMMA
Seminar: September 30, 3-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, UMMA

Gwyneira Isaac
Arizona State University
Networks or Entanglements? Museums and Native American Knowledges
Lecture: October 13, 7-8:30 pm, Stern Auditorium, UMMA
Seminar: October 14, 3-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, UMMA

Kishor K. Basa
Indian Museum, Kolkata (India)
Local Knowledge Systems and Museum Practices: Some Examples from India
Lecture: October 27, 7-8:30 pm, Stern Auditorium, UMMA
Seminar: October 28, 3-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, UMMA

Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador
Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)
Challenging Museum Sustainability: Governance, Community Participation and the Fickle Political Climate in Southern Luzon (Philippines) Towns
Lecture: November 17-18, 7-8:30 pm, Stern Auditorium, UMMA
Seminar: November 18, 3-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, UMMA

Howard Morphy
Australian National University
Open Access Versus the Culture of Protocols
Lecture: December 8, 7-8:30 pm, Stern Auditorium, UMMA
Seminar: December 9, 3-5:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, UMMA

MUSEUMS 498 - Special Topics in Museum Studies
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Tu 7:00PM - 8:30PM
W 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Initial class meeting 9/23/09 from 3-4 in 125 UMMA. Other meeting dates: September 29, 30 October 13, 14 October 27, 28 November 17, 18 December 8, 9 Tuesday Lectures will be held in the Stern Auditorium, UM Museum of Art. Wednesday Lectures will be held in 125 UMMA (multi-purpose room), UM Museum of Art.
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