- Code MUSC8006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Museum and Collection
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Art History, Museums and Collections, Digital Humanities, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Jilda Andrews
- Mode of delivery In Person
Spring Session 2022
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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:
- interpret institutional, agency and government policies and frameworks pertaining to Indigenous collections and consultation with Indigenous and other communities;
- conceptualise the main issues pertaining to the representation, preservation, ownership and intellectual property of traditional knowledge and cultural objects, including repatriation;
- evaluate the representation of Indigenous individuals and communities in museums and other exhibition contexts;
- conduct primary research into Indigenous collections including effective written and verbal communication; and
- model best practice and engage in ethical and sensitive processes appropriate to the diversity of constituents and communities in cross-cultural museum contexts.
- Forum discussion (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Object Case Study Presentation,10 minutes with 5 minutes discussion and associated documentation (1500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Critical Essay (2500 words) (50) [LO 2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over a one-week intensive made up of lectures, visits to museums in Canberra, seminars and/or workshops; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Kreps, Christina F. (2003), Liberating Culture: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Museums, Curation and Heritage Preservation, London and New York: Routledge.
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