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Reassembling the Collection

24 July 2013

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An innovative volume edited by Institute staff which explores ethnographic museums and indigenous agency is now available.

Reassembling the Collection: Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous Agency, recently published by SAR Press, is edited by Rodney Harrison, Sarah Byrne and Anne Clarke and is the outcome of an Advanced Seminar which Rodney co-organised, with Sarah and others, at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe in 2010.

Interdisciplinary in scope and international in coverage, Reassembling the Collection addresses fundamental questions about the nature, value, and efficacy of museum collections in a postcolonial world, and the entangled agencies of those who have made, traded, received, collected, curated, worked with, researched, viewed, and experienced them in the past and present.

  • As a review indicates:

This volume is "a lucid, well-focused collection of essays that not only proposes a new engagement between anthropology and archaeology, but challenges weary methodologies in museology and tired museum practices...."