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CEE #28

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR | SETTLER COLONIALISM, SLAVERY, AND PROBLEM OF DECOLONIZING MUSEUMS |  STUDENT CALL OUT |
UPCOMING EVENTS
 I EVENTS OF INTEREST STUDENT PROJECTS 
WATCH SEPTEMBER THIRD THURSDAY

 

Fall is officially here, and we are getting ready for the cooler weather (though the last few days have felt like the last gasps of summer)!  We are excited this month to finally present our conference, co-sponsored with the Penn Museum, “Settler Colonialism, Slavery, and the Problem of Decolonizing Museums.”  The conference features experts from museums and universities across Europe, the United States, and South Africa discussing some of the most challenging questions facing cultural institutions today:  What is the ongoing impact of imperialism on collection and exhibition practices?  What are the relationships between Indigenous dispossession and African slavery globally?  How can we build on and move beyond NAGPRA to generate successful practices of redress and repair?  The conference is largely virtual (see schedule below), with a few in-person evening events for those of you in Philadelphia (these will also be live-streamed).  Hope to see many of you there!!  This month we also look forward to our second Third Thursday of the semester (though this one will actually take place on the second Thursday), and we’re pleased again to feature a couple of our graduate students’ summer research projects.  Don’t miss the “Save the Date” posters for our fall CEE fellows’ final events!
 

Deborah A. Thomas
R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Experimental Ethnography

SETTLER COLONIALISM, SLAVERY, AND THE PROBLEM OF DECOLONIZING MUSEUMS

A hybrid international conference
co-presented by the Center for Experimental Ethnography
and the Penn Museum

OCTOBER 20-23, 2021

Over the past several decades scholars and practitioners have critically reconsidered the role of ethnographic museums in the development and representation of knowledge about people and processes throughout the world.  Persistent questions have emerged again and again:  What are the relationships between colonialism and collection?  What issues of accountability surround contemporary knowledge production and representation?  How do we think through the challenges of repatriation?  And what might repair look like?  These are not new questions, and they have been asked not only within museum settings but also across the discipline of anthropology as a whole for the past thirty years.  Yet as museums attempt to reevaluate their practices of collecting, exhibiting, and repatriating, we must still confront – and determine a new relationship to – the legacies of Enlightenment-based scientific humanism and its imperial underpinnings. READ MORE

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STUDENT CALL OUT 
Performing Parables: Ragas and Sagas of Sundarban
Calling all undergraduate and graduate students at Penn to join in our special musical theatre performance course in Spring 2022 with composer Ali Sethi, author Amitav Ghosh, and director Brooke O'Harra. Instructors will lead students in a rigorous process of research, development, and rehearsal, culminating in a public performance of a musical version of Ghosh's newest book "Jungle Nama". Interested undergraduate students, please contact Brooke O'Harra by October 20th. Interested graduate students, please contact Deborah Thomas. The course runs from January thru March 4.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Third Thursday
REGISTER
(Un)usual Business
Guest Biographys
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Maisha S. Akbar, Ph.D., is Chair of the Communications and Culture Department at Fort Valley State University (GA). READ MORE
 

Since 1995, educator and performing artist Brian Shapiro, MA, has been exploring the endless nuances, challenges, and rewards the human communication process offers.  READ MORE
CULTURE FILMS AT THE  PENN MUSEUM
GOD COMPLEX
Roberto Lugo, Guest Curator
September 11 – December 19, 2021

 
Roberto Lugo is a Philadelphia-based artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator. Lugo utilizes classical pottery forms in conjunction with portraiture and surface design reminiscent of his North Philadelphia upbringing and Hip-Hop culture to highlight themes of poverty, inequality, and racial injustice. Roberto Lugo’s works are multicultural mashups; traditional European and Asian ceramic techniques reimagined with a 21st-century street sensibility. Awarded a 2019 Pew Fellowship and the 2019 Rome Prize, Lugo’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The High Museum of Art among others. The artist’s work is currently on view at the Currier Museum of Art in a solo exhibition titled Roberto Lugo: Te traigo mi le lo lai – I bring you my joy, as well as in New Grit (Art & Philly Now) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. MORE...
SAVE THE DATE
OreOluwa Badaki
This summer, with the help of the CEE Summer Research Grant, OreOluwa Badaki ran the first round of workshops for the Food Justice Writing Group: an intergenerational community of writers, creatives, storytellers, and media makers invested in food and environmental justice. OreOluwa and The Food Justice Writing Group began researching and writing their first project: a speculative fiction screenplay that centers the history and relevance of okra in Black food traditions and histories. READ MORE
NURSYAZWANI JAMALUDIN AND REBECCA WINKLER

This summer Nursyazwani and Rebecca investigated and participated in multiple kinds of creative, nourishing, reparative practices of placemaking at the Mercy street Growing Home garden in South Philadelphia. This project followed a period of transformation in the social life of the Mercy street garden which has witnessed shifting focus (both in terms of funding and collective efforts) from preventing displacement to placemaking and integration.  They ask:  how do everyday relations at the Mercy street garden offer a site to (1) cultivate belonging and (2) repair fraught ties/relations based on exclusionary practices in this multicultural, multilingual urban space?
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