Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Announcement: "Musuem Law" by Marilyn E. Phelan

Museum Anthropology is happy to announce that we are now taking book feature submissions. Editors and authors, please send information about a forthcoming text to Lillia McEnaney, blog intern, for review for publication to the Musuem Anthropology blog. 

We are happy to announce that Marilyn E. Phelan's "Museum Law" will be the first book published here. 

From one of America’s foremost experts in museum and cultural heritage law, here is a comprehensive guide to both U.S. and international laws and conventions affecting museums, art galleries, natural and historic heritage, and other cultural organizations.

This authoritative guide:
-begins naturally with laws protecting art and artists (include artists’ freedom of expression, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, and trade laws), 
-moves on to protection of artists’ property rights through copyright laws, and then 
-goes into international laws and conventions (with full coverage of the Hugue Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import and Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, and the UNIDROIT Convention on the International Return of Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects),
-features full coverage of U.S. laws protecting cultural heritage such as the Antiquities Act, the Historic Sites Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Film Preservation, State Preservation Acts, and the National Stolen Properties Act
-includes detailed coverage of U.S. laws protecting our natural heritage such as the Lacey Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act
-features much needed current coverage of laws affecting the operation of museums, ranging from organizational structure and accounting to governance and use of guards and volunteers
-includes invaluable details of laws related to museum collections, including: purchases, loans, gifts, and deaccessioning
-detailed coverage of laws and regulations governing the tax-exempt status for museums, including how to fill out required forms
-unprecedented attention to museums’ unrelated business taxable income from such increasingly common activities as gifts shops, snack bars, travel tours, and sponsorships.

Marilyn E. Phelan, JD, (with honors), University of Texas School of Law, PhD, Texas Tech University, was the recipient of the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law at Texas Tech University, which is one of the highest honors Texas Tech University can bestow on its professors. Phelan also has served as a professor of museum science at Texas Tech University. Phelan is a certified public accountant and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in tax law. She was given a YWCA Woman of Excellence award and was named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly. In 2011, the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, Nonprofit Committee, awarded her the ABA Outstanding Nonprofit Academic Award for contributions and achievements in the field of nonprofit law. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Council for Museum Anthropology Awards

The Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, recognizes innovative and influential contributions to the field of museum anthropology through three categories of awards:

Student Travel Awards, deadline April 15, 2015
Michael M. Ames Award, deadline May 15, 2015
Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award, deadline May 15, 2015

All CMA award applications and nominations must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline. Email all three members of the Awards Committee:
Cara Krmpotich (Chair)
Joshua A. Bell
Helen Robbins 

Award winners will be notified by August 15 so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements. Winners will be formally recognized at the CMA Annual Meeting during the AAA Annual Meeting. 

CMA Student Travel Award: Deadline April 15, 2015
The CMA Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Students and recent graduate degree recipients (those who have defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA will award two prizes of $500 each.
Application packets (maximum 5 pages) must include: a brief letter indicating the applicant’s student status and explaining how this project reflects the student’s graduate work; a copy of the abstract for the proposed paper or poster (and for the session in which they will be presenting, if known); and a letter of endorsement from an academic advisor at the student’s most recent institution of study.
Evaluation Criteria: 1) Creativity: Is the paper or poster a unique and novel contribution to museum anthropology? 2) Commitment: Does the student demonstrate a commitment to the field of museum anthropology 3) Impact: Does the paper or poster have the potential to develop into a work that could more broadly impact the field of museum anthropology?
Student Travel Award recipients will be presented with a check for $500 and a certificate of the award.

Michael M. Ames Award: Deadline May 15, 2015
The CMA Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology is awarded to individuals for innovative work in museum anthropology. Examples include: outstanding single or multi-authored books or published catalogues; temporary or permanent exhibits; repatriation projects; collaborations with descendant communities; educational or outreach projects; multimedia works, and other endeavours. Individuals can be nominated by any member of CMA (self-nomination is not permitted).
Nomination packets must include a cover letter and evidence of the work under consideration (e.g., photographs, catalogues, links to websites, etc.), and supporting materials (e.g., letters of support, media coverage, etc.). All material must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files). The nomination packet should not exceed 5 pages.
Evaluation Criteria: 1) Creativity: Is the project a unique and creative exploration of museum anthropology’s central themes, tensions, and histories? 2) Timeliness: Does the project say something important about museum anthropology’s current predicaments and unknown future? 3) Depth: In what ways does the project penetrate into the complexity of material culture and the study of it through novel methods and theories? 4) Impact: Does the project have the potential to make broad and lasting impacts in museum anthropology?
Ames Award recipients will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of the award.

Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award:
Deadline May 15, 2015
The CMA Board recently instituted a new Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award to recognize CMA members whose careers demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have advanced museum anthropology. These achievements might include: collections work, community collaborations, exhibitions, publications, public programming and outreach, teaching, policy development, etc. While many anthropologists distinguish themselves through their works, this award is meant to single out those who, over the course of their careers, have truly helped to define and or reshape the field of anthropology in and of museums. Nominees are expected to have spent at least 20 years working in the field of museum anthropology.
Nomination packets must include: a two-page letter of recommendation in support of the nominee; and any additional supporting materials deemed relevant by the nominator (e.g., nominee’s c.v., other supporting letters). The letter should provide a contextual summary of the nominee’s signature accomplishments, and it should demonstrate the nominee’s qualifications. The nomination packet should not exceed 5 pages.
Evaluation Criteria: 1) Impact: How has the nominee’s work transformed and or contributed to the discipline of museum anthropology (e.g., theory, methodology, influence); 2) Service: How has the nominee provided service to specific museums (e.g., collections, exhibits, public outreach); 3) Mentoring: How has the nominee influenced and inspired the careers of students and colleagues (e.g., mentorship, curriculum development, innovative teaching)?

Lifetime Award  recipients will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of the award.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is a research training program offered by the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. The program seeks to promote broader and more effective use of museum collections in anthropological research by providing a supplement to university training. Each summer SIMA supports 10-12 graduate students who want to use collections in their research. 

Using Smithsonian collections, experts, and visiting faculty, SIMA:
-introduces students to the scope of collections and their potential as data 
-provides training in appropriate methods to collect and analyze museum data 
-makes participants aware of a range of theoretical issues relating to collections 
-positions students to apply their knowledge within their home university. 

The curriculum, including both seminars and hands-on workshops, teaches students how to navigate museum systems, select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and recognize the wealth of theoretical issues that museum data can address. 

For more information on SIMA visit:

Deadline: 1 March 2015

Council for Museum Anthropology: Board Openings

The CMA Board has three openings for at-large members as well as an opening for a student member, to serve starting in the winter of 2016. Nominations for these positions are now open.

CMA welcomes suggestions for potential candidates (self-nominations are accepted). Candidates should submit a brief biographical sketch and a 200 word platform statement to the chair of the nominations committee, Robert Leopold (, for consideration. Nominations are due to CMA by February 10, 2015. CMA will review all potential candidates before submitting a list to AAA for the next AAA elections.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Post-Doc Opportunity Announcement

This important post-doc opportunity includes potential placements at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the American Alliance of Museum's Center for the Future of Museums, the Los Angeles County Art Commission, the Tenement Museum, the Smithsonian, the Vienna Museum, the World Monuments Fund.

Deadline: March 17, 2015.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Scholarship Announcement: Oxford-Agnese Nelms Haury Scholarship

This scholarship provides support (tuition fees and living costs) for native and first nations
students from the US and Canada to study for a one-year taught Masters degree at
Oxford University in association with Linacre College

Mrs. Haury was an American philanthropist from Tucson, Arizona and she was particularly supportive of the education and advancement of native peoples and concerned with issues of environment and social justice as well as international relations and the archaeology and anthropology of the Americas. The Agnese Nelms Haury program in Environment and Social Justice has been established by her trustees to advance her interests and commitments and includes supporting this scholarship at Oxford which is also supported by Oxford University and Linacre College.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students should apply and gain admission to one of the
designated Masters programs at Oxford University (see below) and hold official status in
the US or Canada as American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Metis or Inuit. Students
should indicate their interest in the scholarship in their statement of purpose. General
guidelines for applying to Oxford can be found here.

The deadlines for applications for most of the designated degrees for entry in October
2015 are 23 January 2015 and 13 March 2015 (we strongly recommend applying by the
earlier date) and information on course content, entry expectations and application can
be found at the links below. For most courses you will be asked to submit a statement of
purpose, a CV, three references, a writing sample, and transcripts. There is an application
fee of 50 UK pounds and as part of the application you are asked for your college
preference. All Oxford students are affiliated with a college, which often provides
accommodation, dining, advisors, and the benefits of a smaller, interdisciplinary and often
very international community.

Linacre College is a graduate only college and is known for its strong sense of
community, international diversity, and environmental sustainability, Linacre College will
select the Agnese Nelms Haury Scholar from eligible applicants recommended by the
courses to which they have been admitted. The scholarship holder should be prepared
to provide evidence of native status.

The scholarship covers tuition fees for a course for one year (e.g. 18220 pounds for the
environmental MScs in 2015-16), the college fee (e.g. 2848 pounds for Linacre in 2015-16),
and a living allowance (13,662 UK pounds in 2015-16). Scholars are expected to provide
reports to the trustees of the Agnese Nelms Haury program and to help publicize the
program in subsequent years.

For more information potential applicants should contact the relevant directors of the
postgraduate programs of interest (see below) or may contact the program director Anna
Spitz ( for the overall Agnese Nelms Haury Program which is
housed at the University of Arizona) who can also put you in touch with people who can
informally advise you on your application (e.g. former Rhodes scholars, native students
who studied at Oxford, North American students and faculty who studied for or taught

some of the designated degrees).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Call for Submissions: SAR Native Artist Fellowships

The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, invites Native artists of all media to apply to its Native Artist Fellowship program. All submissions must be postmarked by January 15, 2015.

Native Artist Fellowships
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) offers three artist-in-residence fellowships annually to advance the work of mature and emerging Native artists. Each fellowship includes a monthly stipend, housing, studio space, a supplies allowance, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR. These fellowships provide time for artists to explore new avenues of creativity, grapple with new ideas to further advance their work, and strengthen existing talents.
The fellowships support diverse creative disciplines and can include sculpture, performance, basketry, painting, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, photography, pottery, writing, and film and video. However each fellowship has specific applicant criteria as indicated below.
* The IARC fellowships are funded through the generosity of Ronald and Susan Dubin, Rollin and Mary Ella King, and Eric and Barbara Dobkin.
•Ron and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellowship (Jun. 15-Aug. 15)
The Dubin Fellowship is dedicated to supporting traditional Native artistry.
•Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship (Sept. 1-Dec. 1)
The King Fellowship is dedicated to preserving the Southwest's extensive artistic heritage. Applicants to this fellowship must be from a Native community in the Southwestern United States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah) and work in the visual arts.
•Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Women (Mar. 1-May 31)
The Dobkin Fellowship encourages the creativity and growth of indigenous women artists working in any media.
The deadline for applying to all artist fellowships is January 15 of each year. Applications must be postmarked by this date.
Go to the SAR website for the Native Artist Fellowship Application.
Frequently Asked Questions: Please read the Artist Fellowship FAQ first to see if the answer to your question is already available. If you have further questions, please contact (505) 954-7205 or e-mail Elysia Poon