This course explores collections in anthropology and curatorial research. The course aims to combine academic rigour with professional skills training. It will introduce students to the critical developments in the study of collections drawn from ethnology, material culture, history, and museum studies. Through the lens of the current theoretical debates, the students will be encouraged to explore the HU collections. The seminars will provide practical tools for understanding and researching objects in academic and applied heritage settings. Topics will include collection methodologies such as object biography, visual methods or sensory approaches, developing the participants’ research and curatorial skills. In the duration of the seminars, students will be expected not only to read and present set texts but also to create a collection-based portfolio. The module will combine individual and group work related to the portfolio. The course will be taught synchronously on Zoom (TBC). The seminar will be in English as will be the readings. However, students are welcome to speak German in class as well as submit their course requirements as well as their MAP in German. Lecture slides and notes will be available to course participants. Students are encouraged to contact the lecturer about additional learning needs: Magdalena.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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