Author Archive | Graeme Were

Job Announcement: Museum of Ethnography, Geneva

Le Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG) recherche un-e CONSERVATEUR-TRICE du DEPARTEMENT EUROPE
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Haut lieu de la réflexion sur les sociétés humaines, le MEG propose des expositions temporaires qui visent à explorer l’histoire de nos rapports au monde et à exercer notre raisonnement critique afin de comprendre les enjeux du XXIe siècle. Dans le but de prendre en charge les collections du Département Europe, le MEG recherche un-e Conservateur-trice.
Entrée en fonction: à convenir
Délai d’inscription: 07.12.2010
En savoir plus:
www.ville-geneve.ch/administration-municipale/offres-emplois/detail/offre/conservateur-trice-departement-europe/
Musée d’ethnographie de Genève
MEG Carl-Vogt
Bd Carl-Vogt 65 – 1205 Genève
www.ville-ge.ch/meg

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Anthropology of Sport Photo Contest

The RAI’s Education Outreach Programme has recently launched an Anthropology of Sport Photo Contest.
We are looking for photos (black and white or colour) which explore the following themes: 1) Globalisation 2) Identity and 3) The Body
Who can participate?
The competition is open to anyone interested in anthropology, photography and sport.
What do contestants win?
All short-listed and winning contestants will have their work published in RAI educational materials. In addition, for each thematic category a £50 gift voucher will be awarded to the winning photograph.
Deadline for submissions 10th December 2010
For further information and submission guidelines please visit: www.discoveranthropology.org.uk
To get some ideas take a look at our 2010 Water Photo Contest on our flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/raieducation
We look forward to receiving your photographs!…

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Behind the Scenes of… Lines that Connect : Rethinking Pattern and Mind in the Pacific

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Graeme Were, UCL
The aim of this blog piece is to furnish Material World readers with a background to my latest book – Lines that Connect: Rethinking Pattern and Mind in the Pacific. Rather than raise any commentary about its merits or shortfalls (which I leave to someone else), I thought it would be interesting to discuss the publication in relation to my own intellectual background.
To begin then, the book is a kind of homage, on the one hand, to C P Snow’s Two Cultures; and on the other, to Owen Jones and his seminal text The Grammar of Ornament. These two works, unwittingly, seem to reflect tensions in my own abilities torn between the sciences and the arts.…

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Culture, Materials and Design – a new programme

UCL Anthropology announces a new Masters programme in Culture, Materials and Design, starting in September 2011. This new MA is taught jointly by UCL’s Department of Anthropology with the Institute of Archaeology. The programme draws upon both departments’ long-standing research focus on how materials shape our lives at a local and global level and will help train future practitioners in the management of materials as resources and the social consequences of their selection and use. Students will be taught to apply social science methodologies and material science approaches to explore the technical, aesthetic and symbolic properties of specific materials and how these interact with production technologies and consumption choices.

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Museum training short courses offered

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UCL Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies is pleased to be able to offer a range of short intensive museum training courses for those wishing to update or develop key skills in the museum sector. We have a range of courses that are running over 2010/2011 which offer practical hands-on skills, working with collections and curators in the university museum.
Places are still available on some the advertised courses:
*Ethnographic Object Analysis: one day training course learning about methodologies to research ethnographic collections
*Understanding Ethnographic Exhibitions: one day training course learning about basic principles of exhibiting culture
*Mountmaking for Museum Objects: two day training course offering basic introduction to mountmaking
For more information, or to book a place, please contact Ms Lauren Sadler l.sadler@ucl.ac.uk
www.mhm.ucl.ac.uk/courses

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Post-Doctoral Researchers (4 posts)

Indigeneity in the Contemporary World: Performance, Politics, Belonging
A unique opportunity exists for four outstanding post-doctoral scholars to join a dynamic interdisciplinary team investigating how Indigeneity is expressed and understood in our complex, globalising world. With funding of €2.36M over five years from the European Research Council, this frontier research, led by Professor Helen Gilbert at Royal Holloway (University of London), focuses on performance in relation to four conceptual themes: ‘Commodity and Spectacle’, ‘Heritage and Material Culture’, ‘Reconciliation and Social Cohesion’ and ‘Mobility and Belonging’. Applicants will be considered from across a range of disciplines including, but not limited to theatre and performance studies, film, cultural geography, anthropology, history, indigenous studies, sociology, politics, dance, ethnomusicology, international relations.
Suitable applicants will have some knowledge of performance studies, an outstanding research record relative to opportunity and a sound understanding of specific indigenous cultures in one or more of the following regions: the Americas, the Pacific, Australia, Southern Africa.…

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Feasting with 100 Objects

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The landmark History of the World In 100 Objects series, a British Museum/BBC Radio 4 collaboration, is holding a cultural feast on May 27th, when the Great Court at the museum will be the setting for lectures, performances and demonstrations focussing on the material culture of food, drink and feasting. The evening is free, but some events require booking, programme and details below.
Programme
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TRACES…: Thinking Objects Through Remains

Imprints ● Ruins ● DNA ● Waste ● Relics ● Manuscripts ● Images ● Dust ● Ashes ● Shadows & Ghost ● Memory ● Weather● Materials & Substances
UCL, Department of Anthropology, 04 June 2010
Daryll Forde Seminar Room – 2nd floor

This workshop is sponsored by the Journal of Material Culture.
The Department of Anthropology at UCL/Material Culture and the Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies propose a one-day workshop on the theme of ‘TRACES: Thinking Objects Through Remains’ that will be hosted by the Department of Anthropology at UCL (Daryll Forde seminar room), on the 04th of June 2010.
TRACES aims to explore people life through fragments of their material world and therefore through processes of re-construction of knowledge associated to them.…

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Peter Goodenough Scholarship in Anthropology – Extended deadline!

Deadline extended until 31 March 2010
The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum seeks a doctoral candidate who is a Papua New Guinean citizen to work on the Museum’s PNG Collection. The successful applicant will build a project around an aspect of local and national identity in PNG embodied in material and/ or visual culture. The applicant will have access to the Museum Collection and will gain experience in museum curation and collection management as part of their studies. Among its 24000 accessioned items, the Museum holds more than 4000 artefacts and art works created by people living in PNG and 1700 photographs taken in PNG by missionaries, colonial officials and other visitors. Much of this material dates from the early and mid twentieth century.…

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Wrapping and Unwrapping the Body – Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives

The Institute of Archaeology, UCL is holding a conference “Wrapping and Unwrapping the Body – Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives” on the 20th-21st May 2010.
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For more information, see the poster attached.
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Registration and information: www.ucl.ac.uk/silva/archaeology/events/conference/wrapping10/

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