How can museums enhance democracy, belonging, and dialogue about national and global heritage?
May 15–27, 2017
This field school exposed students to the most current approaches to "critical museology" theory via discussion of decolonizing approaches, human rights and social justice mandates, and the ways that museum architecture, digital technologies, and forms of implicit and explicit pedagogy allow or inhibit encounters with "difficult knowledge."
Students benefited from a curriculum developed by leading experts in the field, complemented with guided “behind the scenes” field-study visits to Montreal museums, to address current issues, challenges, and areas of innovation in the rapidly changing world of museums.
Students from around the world participated in the Critical Museology summer field school. Here you will find their biographies and materials produced during the course, including blog posts and conference posters.
Summer school co-ordinators Erica Lehrer (History Department, Concordia University) and Shelly Ruth Butler (Anthropology Department, McGill University) race handmade vehicles.
Adriana Cabrera Cleves discussing her Curatorial Dream poster, "Colombian Peace Building as a Model for the World" with professor W. Warner Wood from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee during the Museum Anthropology Futures conference.
Katarzyna Pietrzak discussing her Curatorial Dream poster, "Artificial Tea and Omnipresent Hell: Entertainment in the Warsaw Ghetto" with Dr. Wayne Modest, Head of the Research Center for Material Culture, the research institute of theTropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Africa Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlandsduring the Museum Anthropology Futures conference
Sarah-Jane Kerr-Lapsley discussing her Curatorial Dream poster, "Resisting Women: Couriers in the Ghettos of Eastern Europe" during the Museum Anthropology Futures conference
Field School students discussing their Curatorial Dreams at the Museum Anthropology Futures conference
Caris Windhausen discussing her Curatorial Dream poster, "Los Estados Unidos No Tienen Una Lengua Nacional" with curator John Lukavic, associate curator of Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum during the Museum Anthropology Futures conference
Danielle Aimée Miles discussing her Curatorial Dream poster, "Re-energizing the Classical within Canada" with professor Jennifer Shannon, curator of cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural Historyduring the Museum Anthropology Futures conference
As part of the conference people can participate in Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’s collective mural-making project. | Image courtesy of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Virtual reality at the Phi Centre | Photo courtesy of Erica Lehrer
Erica Lehrer (front row, far left) and co-organizer Shelley Butler/McGill (front row, center) with students at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. | Photo courtesy of Erica Lehrer
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