Thursday, March 23, 2017

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

NEH Division of Preservation and Access
Receipt Deadline: May 2, 2017 
For Projects Beginning January 2018
Brief Summary
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant. The program also encourages applications from presidentially designated institutions (Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), and from Native American tribes and Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian organizations with significant humanities collections.

Program Statistics
In the last five competitions the Preservation Assistance Grants program received an average of 235 applications per year. The program made an average of 75 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 32 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Egypt: Aswan Museum's Annex Opened to the Public After Almost Six-Year Closure

All Africa, February 21, 2017

"Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany opened on Tuesday the Aswan Museum's annex, located on the Elephantine Island, to the public after almost six years of closure.

Established over two years, the annex is located 10 meters north of the Museum and contains three display rooms that host 1,788 artefacts discovered during the joint German-Swiss expedition to the island in the period 1969-1998.

Surveillance cameras and fire extinguishers were installed in the annex, in addition to other renovations, according to the ministry's press release, as part of its plan to revive tourism in Egypt.

The opening also coincides with the solar phenomenon that takes place twice every year, on Feb. 22 and on Oct. 22, when the sun shines directly perpendicular on King Ramses' face. Hundreds of visitors attend the event every year.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited Aswan late January for the national youth conference. Concluding the conference, Sisi declared the intention to celebrate the passing of 200 years since the discovery of the Abu Simbel temple in Aswan.

The antiquities minister said the celebration will be postponed to Oct. 22 when the King Ramses solar phenomenon occurs again."

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

International Graduate Field School in Critical Museology

Curating and Public Scholarship Lab (
Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
May 15th – 27th, 2017

The International Graduate Field School in Critical Museology, sponsored by the Canada Research

Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies at Concordia University, will introduce students to the museum as a significant venue for debating social issues, as well as both an actor in and site of struggle for defining and expanding definitions of nation, citizenship, and heritage. Students will learn about current approaches to critical museology theory and practice from leading scholars and museum professionals. The Field School will culminate in a showcase of student projects at the Museum Anthropology Futures conference, the inaugural conference of the Council for Museum Anthropology (American Anthropological Association) at Concordia University.

Dates: Monday, May 15th – Saturday, May 27th
(Museum Anthropology Futures conference is May 25-27)

The first week of the field school will consist of lectures, theoretical readings, and discussions, as well as museum site-visits (details below). In the second week students will undertake a guided “Curatorial Dreaming” exercise and produce their own imagined exhibitions or interventions, which will be showcased at the Museum Anthropology Futures conference. Student “Curatorial Dream” projects will result in proposals for either a curatorial or pedagogical intervention in a local Montreal museum, or for an imagined exhibition based on social, cultural, or historical research.

Faculty includes:
● Dr. Erica Lehrer – Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies, Concordia University
● Dr. Heather Igloliorte – Concordia University Chair in Aboriginal Art History and Community Engagement
● Dr. Shelley Ruth Butler – McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Principal, Curatorial Dreaming workshops (
● Dr. Jennifer Carter – Director of Museology, UQAM
● Dr. Angela Failler – CRC in Culture and Public Memory, University of Winnipeg
● Dr. Monica Patterson – Head of Curatorial Studies, Carleton University

Topics include:
Critical museology in transnational perspective
Decolonizing museology
Human Rights Museology
Digital museology
“Difficult Knowledge” in the Museum
Artists’ interventions in Museums
Children’s Museology
Curatorial Dreaming methodology

Lectures will be complemented by “behind the scenes” site visits to local museums, including:

● McCord Museum
● Centre d’Histoire de Montreal
● Montreal Holocaust Museum
● Museum of Jewish Montreal
● Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Costs: QC students – Free; Rest of Canada – $360; International students – $1,800 (includes health insurance)

Credits: Students will receive a course grade and 3 graduate course credits

Housing: Limited free-of charge dormitory accommodation available for out-of-town participants

TO APPLY: Please answer the following questions in maximum 300 words:
1. Why do you want to participate in the Field School in Critical Museology?
2. What is your academic or practical experience with museums and/or museology?
3. If applicable, describe a body of research that you would like to translate into a proposed exhibition (a “curatorial dream”).
4. Please send a current CV and academic transcript.
5. If you need financial aide, please describe your circumstances and requirements.

DEADLINE: Please send inquiries and application materials by March 30th, 2017 to:

Internship Opportunity: The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society Indigenous Student Museum Internship Program

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) is pleased to once again to offer its Indigenous Student Museum Internship (ISMI) program.
The ISMI program offers a hands-on placement at the Royal Alberta Museum for a paid intern to work in any of the following sections of the museum this summer: Archaeology, Botany, Communications and Marketing, Conservation, Education, Ethnology (Native Studies), Geology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Paleontology and Western Canadian History.

The summer learning experience lasts 16 weeks (May through August) and takes place at the Royal Alberta Museum. If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student enrolled in college or university, with academic interests related to any of the museum studies listed above, this opportunity could be for you.

The ISMI application form is available below. The deadline for applications is Friday March 31, 2017. Please include a letter of outlining your field of study and why you would like a museum learning experience, two references, your most recent grade transcript, and your resume. Your package can be sent to or by mail to:

· Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society

· 12845 102 Avenue, Edmonton AB T5N 0M6

Questions? Please contact: Leigh-Ann Peddie, FRAMS Administrator, at: 780-453-9103 or

This opportunity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students is sponsored by FRAMS with additional support for this program from the Royal Alberta Museum and Peace Hills Insurance.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fellowship Opportunity: Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo

PhD in relationships between cultural heritage and indigenous identity - University of Oslo
A doctoral research fellowship within the field of Museum and Cultural Heritage studies is available at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo.

IKOS seeks to recruit a doctoral candidate with excellent research qualifications who will investigate the relationships between cultural heritage and indigenous identity.

The successful doctoral project will engage critically with the notion of indigenous identity and, taking a contemporary perspective, will explore its connections with aspects of tangible and/or intangible cultural heritage (including but not limited to, museums and museum collections, as well as Nature as cultural heritage).

The project may for instance explore the role of cultural heritage in: definitions of indigeneity; the definition and transmission of indigenous knowledge; the politics of the past and the (re)writing of history from a post-colonial perspective; indigenous environmental activism; and indigenous cultural revitalization in the 21st century. Also relevant are investigations of specific practices of display, preservation, interpretation or knowledge production – relating to indigenous heritage – and their connection with indigenous identities. Other topics may also be relevant.

To read the full announcement and how to apply visit here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Royal Anthropological Institute's Marsh Award for Anthropology in the World

Deadline: 31 March
Prize: £1000

This Award recognises an outstanding individual based outside academia, one who has shown how to apply anthropology or anthropological ideas to the better understanding of the world’s problems. The award is run in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust.

Nominations and judging
All Fellows of the RAI will be able to make nominations.
Nominations should be received by 31 March.
Nominations should be accompanied by a description of about 300 words stating why the individual is suitable for the award.
Nominations should be sent to
The Presentation will take place at the RAI AGM in September. The winner will be announced and presented with their Award at this event, alongside the other Awards and Medals. If the winner cannot attend the presentation, they will be sent the Award or have it picked up by someone else on their behalf. 

The winner of the Award will receive a cheque in the sum of £1000, made out directly to them, and a signed certificate.
The first Award will be presented in September 2014.
The Award will be held annually.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Upcoming Conference: Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History

The conference will explore the role of museums in negotiating new public histories in societies in transition, as old narratives and historical policies are questioned and stories once silenced are given voice. Of special interest is how the historical narratives constructed in museums help to shape new social relations in a dynamically changing present.

Scholars in various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, history, memory studies, museology, art history, and political science, among others) and museum professionals, including curators and museum educators, are invited to discuss the role of museums in negotiating contested histories in relation to their publics.

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If you have questions, doubts or you need any help, please write at

The conference is open for public, please register here..

Curatorial Dreaming Workshop 
Advance registration is required. Space is limited.
Time: 14 March 2017, 1:30-4:30
Place: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Position Announcement: Benenson Assistant Curator of African Art, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut,

Review of applications begins April 10, 2017.

The Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation Assistant Curator of African Art is head of the department of African Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. The collections, currently numbering between 2000 and 3000 objects, are wide-ranging and include the historic Linton and Charles B. Benenson collections. The Assistant Curator is responsible for the department’s classical African art in all media, which includes objects associated with performance, ritual use, and a wide range of social functions. S/he will enhance the department’s holdings through acquisitions, research, cataloguing, exhibitions, and publications; will supervise the care of the collection through conservation, storage, and display; will field public inquiries and oversee the department’s presence on the Gallery’s website; will assume stewardship and donor cultivation responsibilities; will lecture and mentor students and will serve as ambassador for the department to the Yale community, the broader public, and to colleagues and institutions world-wide. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to connoisseurship at least equal to any other form of scholarship. The position reports to the Chief Curator. Responsible for the presentation of the permanent collection to the public and for access to the collection through exhibitions, installations, publications, and lectures. Oversee the maintenance, conservation, orderly storage, cataloguing, and labeling of the collection. Conduct in-depth research into the collections using original source materials where appropriate. Responsible for assessing objects requested for out-going loan. Formulate and implement a strategy for developing the collection of African Art through acquisitions and strategic loans. Mentor undergraduate and graduate students and collaborate with Yale faculty. Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the Gallery's mission in teaching and general accessibility through active involvement in discussions with the Director and other curators. Manage the Department of African Art by supervising the department’s assistant, bursary students, interns, and volunteers. Oversee and be responsible for the departmental and exhibition budgets. Manage African art databases in cooperation with the Yale University Library. Participate in fundraising projects both through contact with collectors and donors and through grant writing. Represent the curatorial department on Gallery and University committees; represent the Gallery and University to a local, national, and international community to promote the institution and its collection.

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