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Council for Museum Anthropology members, welcome to San José, CA! CMA is looking forward to this year’s AAA Annual Meeting, taking place November 14–18.

All members are encouraged to attend our general Business Meeting (4-0650 in the AAA program) on Friday, November 16, 12:15–1:30 PM to learn more about CMA initiatives, the journal, board membership, and upcoming events.

That evening, we invite you to a members-only reception!

San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S 1st St San Jose, CA 95113
Friday, November 16, 7:45–10:30 p.m

2018 Annual Meeting Events

There are workshops and tours at this year’s meeting that may be of interest to CMA members, including the following:

(2-0260) Archival Research 101
Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.


Diana E. Marsh
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian NMNH


Gina Rappaport
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian NMNH

Alex Pezzati
Penn Museum Archives

Guha Shankar
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Laura Cutter
National Museum of Health and Medicine Archives

Learning Objectives

  • understand the general principles that govern archival organization and descriptive practices, as well as decrypt archival jargon
  • Understand the types of records that are found in archival repositories and how they may be used
  • Determine strategies for locating materials of interest in archival repositories and gain skills in searching online catalogs and finding aids
(3-0998) Field Trip to the Computer History Museum
Thursday, November 15, 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

A guided tour of the Computer History Museum will highlight past and ongoing contributions of anthropologists to the development of Silicon Valley.

2018 Museum Anthropology Panels

We are anticipating a fantastic AAA meeting this November with intriguing panels sponsored by the Council of Museum Anthropology. Notable relevant and CMA-sponsored panels include the following:

Wednesday, November 14

(2-0620) Materiality, Movement, and Meaning: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation in the Indigenous ‘Deep Local’
4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Organizer and Presenter

W. Warner Wood
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Hearst Ginda Verde: Following a Textile Pattern, Unraveling a Global Mimetic Meshwork

Chair and Presenter

Hadley Jensen
Bard Graduate Center / American Museum of Natural History
The Art of Making and the Making of an Art Form: The Production and Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge in Navajo Dye Charts


Alanna Cant
University of Kent, Canterbury
13 Grains of Maize: Material Religion and History in the ‘Deep Local’ of Witchcraft in Oaxaca, Mexico

Ira Jacknis
UC Berkeley
Interlacing Traditions: Weaving as Ethnography

David Odo
Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
The “Deep Local” Comes to Campus: the global flow of contemporary indigenous art from Australia at the Harvard Art Museums

Joshua A. Bell
Smithsonian NMNH

Thursday, November 15

(3-0360) Approaches to Expanding the Use of Anthropological Archives
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Organizer and Presenter

Diana E. Marsh
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian NMNH

Chair and Presenter

Adrianna Link
American Philosophical Society


David Zeitlyn
University of Oxford

Sarah Buchanan
University of Missouri

Ricardo Punzalan
University of Maryland, College Park

Emily Leischner
University of British Columbia

(3-0870) Institutional Reflections and Research Directions in Museum Anthropology
2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Chair and Presenter

Elizabeth Oakley
University of Pennsylvania
Our Museums, Our Selves: Reproducing Intellectual Subjectivities and Anthropological Subjects


Christopher Green
University of Pennsylvania
Re-Collecting Race: Imaginaries of Difference at the Musée du quai Branly

Maia Behrendt
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Museum and the Representation of Indigenous Cultures: From Static Dioramas to Fluid and Evolving Spaces for Collaboration

Diana Marks
Independent Researcher
Missionaries, Zonians, Traders: Adaptations of Guna Indigenous Dress in 20th Century Panama

Nicole Ursin
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Understanding Museum Demographics: Historic Arkansas Museum

(3-1038) Out of the Ashes:International Solidarity and the Challenges for Rebuilding Anthropology at Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro (Late-Breaking Session)
4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.


Beth Conklin
Vanderbilt University

Carlos Londoño Sulkin
University of Regina


Carlos Fausto
Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Aparecida Vilaça
Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Danilyn Rutherford
Wenner-Gren Foundation

Ed Liebow
American Anthropological Association

Friday, November 16

(4-0460) Pragmatic Imagination, University Collections, and the New Museum Anthropology
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Organizer, Chair, and Presenter

Christina Hodge
Stanford University Archaeology Collections
Pragmatic Virtuality: A Strategic Partnership in 3D Scanning


Margaret Bruchac
University of Pennsylvania
Approaching Reconciliation: Thoughts on Transforming Repatriation Practice

Esteban Gomez
University of Denver
Artistic Explorations of Place: Creative Pragmatism in University Anthropology Museums

Amanda Guzman
University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Museum Anthropology and Cultural Equity by Design

Louise Hamby
Australian National University
The Potential of the Berndt Flour Bin

Emily Rogers
Indiana University
Exhibiting Moments: Cherokee Craft at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures


Christina Kreps
University of Denver

Saturday, November 17

(5-0235) Voices out of the dark? Contemporary museum-like practices and culturalized politics
8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Chair and Presenter

Mary Mostafanezhad
University of Hawaii, Manoa

Organizers and Presenters

Paula Mota Santos
Fernando Pessoa University & CAPP/ISCSP-Lisbon University
Bringing Slavery into light in Post-colonial Portugal

Hugo DeBlock
Ghent University, Belgium
Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past: Art In and Out of Vanuatu

Rachel Giraudo
California State University, Northridge
Stemming the Stoner Stereotype: Post-Prohibition Representations of Cannabis Cultures in California

Cristiana Bastos
University of Lisbon
Plantation Memories, Labor Identities, and the Celebration of Heritage: the Portuguese in Hawaii

Kathleen Adams
Loyola University Chicago
Authoritative Aspirations, Emotional Considerations: From Toraja Grave Displays to Locally-Configured Museums


Christina Kreps
University of Denver

(5-0415) How Experimental Are You? Museum anthropology as a catalyst for shaping the discipline
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Organizer and Presenter

Jennifer Kramer
University of British Columbia
Exhibiting Nuxalk Radio at the University of British Columbia – An Experimental Crucible for Healing and Well-being

Chair and Presenter

Gwyneira Isaac
Smithsonian NMNH
Have You Socialized Your Humans Yet? A graduate course in anthropology, museums and the body


Jen Shannon
University of Colorado – Boulder
NAGPRA Comics: Risking the media for the message

Cara Krmpotich
University of Toronto
“An Anonymous Stitch in the Quilt”: An experiment in collaborative making and listening

Lea McChesney
University of New Mexico, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
“Keeping Our Connections to Up Home”: Museum-Community Collaborations, Gendered Knowledge, and Community Building in the Hopi Pottery Oral History Project

Mark Auslander
Michigan State University Museum
This is our Home: Museums and Rights to the City in an Era of Crisis

Jennifer Kirker
The Pick Museum, Northern Illinois University
Experiments in activism: a life history approach to academic museums

(5-0800) Fostering the Anthropological Imagination: The work of Frances and Howard Morphy
2:00 p.m.– 3:45 p.m.

Organizer and Presenter

Joshua A. Bell
Smithsonian NMNH
Clever People: The Collaborative Scholarship and Transformative work of Frances and Howard Morphy


Veronica Strang
Durham University
Looking Out From Ethnography: celebrating cultural diversity and cross-cultural comparison

Fred Myers
New York University
Engaging the Other: Aesthetics, Ritual and the Category of Art in the Work of Howard Morphy

Annick Thomassin
Australian National University
Politics, Sea rights and Fisheries Co-management in Torres Strait, Australia

Corinne Kratz
Emory University
Morphy + Morphy = Imagination²

Chair and Discussant
Francoise Dussart
University of Connecticut


Marcus Banks
University of Oxford

Diana E. Marsh is Secretary for the CMA. Contact her at [email protected]

Cite as: Marsh, Diana. 2018. “The Council for Museum Anthropology Program in San José.” Anthropology News website, November 8, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.1028