Displaying Culture (ANT4211.01)

Noah Coburn

This course is a hands-on exploration of how culture is exhibited. How do we move from cultural material to display and what are the consequences of this transition? How do we create ethnography when it is not a text or a film? The course will look at the politics, economics and social impact of exhibiting culture in a variety of ways. It will look at some of the practical and theoretical concerns both with how museums create exhibits of cultural material, but also how other cultures conceive of the display of cultural and ethnographic material. Students will visit a series of museums with the instructor and look at how displays are set up and artifacts exhibited. The culminating project will include working with the instructor and an artist to put together an exhibition that looks at the disruptions caused by international intervention.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:
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