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Directed by The Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies, the International Graduate Field School in Critical Museology, sponsored by the Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies at Concordia University, will introduce students to the museum as a significant venue for debating social issues, as well as both an actor in and site of struggle for defining and expanding definitions of nation, citizenship, and heritage. Students will learn about current approaches to critical museology theory and practice from leading scholars and museum professionals. The Field School will culminate in a showcase of student projects at the Museum Anthropology Futures conference, the inaugural conference of the Council for Museum Anthropology (American Anthropological Association) at Concordia University.
Dates: Monday, May 15th – Saturday, May 27th
The first week of the field school will consist of lectures, theoretical readings, and discussions, as well as museum site-visits (details below). In the second week students will undertake a guided “Curatorial Dreaming” exercise and produce their own imagined exhibitions or interventions, which will be showcased at the Museum Anthropology Futures conference. Student “Curatorial Dream” projects will result in proposals for either a curatorial or pedagogical intervention in a local Montreal museum, or for an imagined exhibition based on social, cultural, or historical research.