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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Dec 16, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 7240 - Collecting Culture: Museums and Anthropology

(crosslisted) ARKEO 7240  
     
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 4240 /ARKEO 4240 .

F. Gleach.

Ethnographic and archaeological objects are widely collected, by individuals and by institutions. This course will explore the history and processes of museums and collecting, and issues around working with collections. We will work with materials in the Anthropology Collections, and also draw on other resources on campus and in the area to experience a variety of ways that museums and collections are organized, maintained, conceptualized and presented. We also will consider challenges to collecting, such as its implication in nationalist and imperialist agendas, the problems of archaeological looting and ethnographic appropriation, and indigenous expectations and demands for inclusion in such activities.



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