ANTH-237 Museums and Anthropology

This course will explore key interrelationships between museums, anthropology and the practices of representation. Students will be introduced to the history of museums and will also be given the analytical tools to read museums and exhibitions as cultural texts. The course focuses on the production and meanings of public museums and other exhibitionary spaces. We will pay close attention to issues of representation in anthropological and other arenas, to how museums communicate information about cultural-historical processes and events, and to the formation of ethnographic and other subjects. While anthropology and museum studies are the course's focus, we will not restrict our readings to those disciplines and modes of representation alone but will consider other disciplinary perspectives and offerings. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and ANTH-162 or SOCI-101 or instructor's permission. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary, Team Intensive.