- Code MUSC8006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Museum and Collection
- Areas of interest Art History, Cultural Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Museums and Collections
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Howard Morphy
- Mode of delivery In Person
Winter Session 2015
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This course focuses on theoretical and practical issues relating to indigenous collections and exhibitions, drawing its interdisciplinary approach and methodology from the fields of anthropology and cultural studies as well as museum studies. This allows students to develop a critical understanding of the creation, function, histories, politics and contemporary meanings of objects; the representation of cultures in museum displays and other public venues; shifting relations between source communities and museum; problems of landscape, place, and space; art and aesthetics; visual anthropology; and issues of representation, including photographic representation.
The specific emphasis is on collections and exhibitions relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that are held or displayed in Australia or overseas, but specific attention is also given to other ethnographic and historical collections and displays. Issues examined during the course include the history of collecting and exhibitions, community representation, ownership and intellectual property, repatriation, negotiation, preservation, and modes of display.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completing this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Interpret institutional, agency and government policies and frameworks pertaining to Indigenous collections and consultation with Indigenous and other communities, and to engage in ethical and sensitive processes appropriate to the diversity of constituents and communities;
2. Conceptualise the main issues pertaining to repatriation and the preservation,ownership and intellectual property of traditional knowledge;
3. Evaluate the representation of Indigenous individuals and communities in museums and other exhibition contexts;
4. Conduct primary research into Indigenous collections including effective written and verbal communication; and
5. Model best practice and a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in crosscultural museum contexts.
1. To gain skills in written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant professional and academic purposes.
2. To develop skills in interdisciplinary cross-cultural thinking and the ability to apply theoretical ideas to case studies developed from personal observation.
3. To gain skills required for collections-based work. This includes data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.
4. To gain skills required to model best practice and a demonstrate commitment to ethical, reflective practice in crosscultural museum contexts.
Collections project comprising presentation and documentation equivalent to 2,500 words (65%) and 2,500 word essay (35%).
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Workload1.5 contact hours per week during semester; 19.5 hours total during one week of mid-semester break.
Kreps, Christina F. (2003), Liberating Culture: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Museums, Curation and Heritage Preservation, London and New York: Routledge.
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|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
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|01 Jul 2015
|24 Jul 2015
|24 Jul 2015
|30 Sep 2015