Museum seminars

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Sept. 14, 2015: Why have (human rights) museums? Dr. Jean Friesen [podcast] & Dr. Jerome Cranston [podcast] followed by a discussion. [Written summary.]

Readings: Introduction, Afterward and Carter chapter, The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (IHRM book).

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Sept. 21: Missions, Mandates and other Meta-narratives, Dr. Adam Muller [written summary] [podcast]

Readings: Failler and Powell chapters, (IHRM book).

Optional readings:

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Sept 28: On Museum Architecture, Prof. Ralph Stern [podcast] and Prof. Karen Busby [podcast]. Q & A [podcast]

Readings:

Optional reading: Archaeological Project, Canadian Museum For Human Rights, by Mireille Lamontagne, Manager, Education Programs and Special Projects, Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Oct. 5: What does it mean to decolonize or Indigenize a museum? Emily Grafton (research-curator for Indigenous content at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights). [written summary]

Readings:

  • Phillips chapter in IHRM book.
  • Michael Ames, How to Decorate a House: The Renegotiation of Cultural Representations at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology.

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Oct. 14: The Idea of a Human Rights Museum book launch, McNally Robinson, 1120 Grant Ave., Winnipeg

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Oct 19: The Ethics of Collecting: Holocaust-era Art Claims, Pat Bovey [podcast], Q and A [podcast] [written summary]

Reading: World Jewish Restitution Organization, Report Concerning Current Approaches of United States Museums to Holocaust-era Art Claims (June 25, 2015).

Optional:

  • Facta filed in the Ontario Court of Appeal in Fontaine v. Canada.
  • Watch the film Woman in Gold.
  • Catherine Bell et al, “First Nations Cultural Heritage: A Selected Survey of Issues and Initiatives” in Bell and Napoleon (eds) First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law: Case Studies, Voices, and Perspectives, UBCPress, 2007. On reserve in the law library.

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Oct. 26: Call to Action, Prof. Karen Busby [podcast] Q and A [podcast] [written summary]

Readings: Grzyb and Petrasek chapters in IHRM book

Optional: Articles in Richard Sandell (ed), Museums, Society & Inequality, 2002.

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Nov. 2: Museum for Canadian Human Rights Violations, Dr. Angela Failler, Dr. Peter Ives and Anna Huard [written summary]  [podcast] [Q & A podcast] and Branding History, Dr. Miranda Brady, Carleton U [podcast] [Q & A podcast].

Readings:

Optional:  Karen Busby,  Blue Lakes and Rocky Shores: Canada’s Obligations to First Nations Reserves under International Human Rights Law on Water and Sanitation (Available to students via UM LEARN.)

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Nov 9: Curatorial Decision-making: Comparative Perspectives, Dr. Stephan Jaeger [podcast] and Dr. Jorge Nallim [podcast] [Q and A podcast] [written summary]

Readings:

  • Jaeger and Nallim chapters in IHRM book.
  • Silke Arnold-de-Simine, Mediating Memory in the Museum: Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) pp. 7-13, 36-53, 71-86, 201-204.

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Nov. 16: Curatorial Decision Making: Genocide, Dr. Andrew Woolford [podcast] and Helen Fallding [podcast] [Q&A podcast] [written summary]

Readings: Moses and Fallding chapters in IHRM book

Optional:  Tricia Logan, National Memory and Museums: Remembering Settler Colonial Genocide and Indigenous Peoples in Canada in Remembering Genocide, 2014, Routledge. (Available online through UM library system.)

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Nov. 23: Curatorial Decision Making: Indian Residential Schools, Dr. Adam Muller, Dr. Struan Sinclair and Dr. Andrew Woolford [podcast] [Q&A podcast] [written summary]

Reading: Muller/Sinclair/Woolford chapter in IHRM book

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Nov. 30: Curatorial Decision-making: Violence Against Women, Dr. Hee-Jung Serenity Joo. [podcast] [Q&A podcast] [written summary]

Readings: Joo and Dean articles in REPCS special issue and Jamie Black REDress

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