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Lecture Series

Translating Knowledge: Global Perspectives on Museum and Community

Translating Knowledge considers strategies for engaging communities in the complex processes of interpreting their histories and cultures in the museum. 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 representation in museums and other cultural institutions.

Each participant will present a lecture that examines the theory and a workshop that explores the practice of their community-engaged scholarship.

All lectures will be presented on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm, in the Helmut Stern Auditorium in the UM Museum of Art; all workshops will be held on Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-5:30 pm, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the UM Museum of Art.

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  • January 12-13
    Raymond Silverman, University of Michigan
    Locating Culture with/in a Ghanaian Community
  • January 26-27
    Paul Tapsell, University of Otago
    Ko Tawa: Where Are the Glass Cabinets?
  • February 9-10
    Sheila Watson, University of Leicester
    Communities and Museums: Equal Partners?
  • March 9-10
    Aaron Glass, Bard Graduate Center and American Museum of Natural History
    Indigenous Ontologies, Digital Futures: Plural Provenances and the Challenge of Collaborative Museum Documentation
  • March 30-31
    Ivan Karp, Emory University
    Museums and Their Communities or Communities and Their Museums