Brazil’s National Museum Fire

On September 2, a hot Sunday in Central Brazil, I saw the incredible images of an enormous fire rapidly consuming the National Museum of Brazil—a building that is itself protected as heritage. The building was the residence of the Portuguese royal family and was transformed into the first house of science in Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century.

On Monuments and Racial Violence

After almost a year of hearings regarding New York City monuments that display racist and violent histories, the city’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers published their commentary and findings on January 12, 2018. Mayor Bill de Blasio stated (press release), “Reckoning with our collective histories is a complicated undertaking with no easy solution.

Ethnography of Museum Anthropology Futures

Introducing the Inaugural Conference of the Council for Museum Anthropology. The following is co-authored by three emerging museum anthropology professionals tasked with using ethnographic methods to critically reflect on the inaugural Council for Museum Anthropology conference, which took place May 25–27 of this year at Concordia University, Montreal, QC. This is the first installment in […]