EIHS and Museum Studies Program Present: "Museums as a Site of Knowledge-Production"


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  • Host Department: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies (EIHS)
  • Date: 04/03/2015
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

  • Location: 1014 Tisch Hall

  • Description:

    Presented in partnership with the Museum Studies Program.

    This symposium offers a variety of disciplinary perspectives on museums and the things they hold. Panelists will reflect on the relationship between objects and narratives directed to different audiences: source communities, museum visitors, and scholars engaged in collections-based research. Case studies, including a new cultural center in Ghana and the excavated cargo of a 13th-century trading vessel, enable panelists to trace the life cycle of objects and consider how things themselves can be productive of new knowledge.


    Panel discussion featuring: Amanda Respess (Ph.D. Student, Anthropology and History, University of Michigan), Raymond Silverman (Professor, History of Art, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan), Carla Sinopoli (Director, Museum Studies Program; Curator of Asian Archaeology and Ethnology, Museum of Anthropology; Professor, Anthropology, University of Michigan), Michelle McClellan (panel chair; Assistant Professor, History, Residential College, University of Michigan).

    Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

    This event is part of the Friday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg. Presented in partnership with the Museum Studies Program.


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