- Advancement Associate [The Virginia Museum of Natural History] (Role Title: PR & Marketing Specialist I) Position #: W0023 Salary Range: Pay Band 2 Minimum Starting Pay: $12/hr Location: Martinsville, Virginia The Virginia Museum of Natural History is seeking an Advancement Associate to assist th…
- Content Manager/Writer [The Adler Planetarium] Content Manager/Writer The Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) has an opportunity available in the Experience Development department for a full time Content Manager/Writer. This position will be responsible for creating, organizing, and will deploy compell…
- Programs and Interpretation Coordinator [The Telluride Historical Museum] General Description The mission of the Telluride Historical Museum is to preserve the rich, colorful, and diverse history of the region and bring history to life through exhibits, programs, and education. The Telluride Historical Museum seeks an Pro…
- Research Assistant [The Morgan Library and Museum] Job Responsibilities The Morgan Library & Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints seeks a temporary, part-time Research Assistant to facilitate the cataloguing of a gift of over three hundred drawings from a private collection. The assis…
- Interpretive Fellow [The Brooklyn Museum] Interpretive Fellow (P/T)—Exhibitions (Part-time, temporary, non-union position) Requirements: The Brooklyn Museum is seeking an art historian versed in the world of Wikipedia to serve as an interpretive fellow in charge of several Wikipedia proje…
- Exhibition Production Manager [The International Center of Photography] Exhibition Production Manager International Center of Photography (New York NY) Date: November 2012 Title: Exhibition Production Manager Department: Exhibitions Supervisor: Deputy Director for Exhibitions/Chief Curator Schedule: Full-Ti…
- Project Cataloguer, Sculpture [The Whitney Museum] Project Cataloguer, Sculpture (6 month position) Whitney Museum (New York NY) The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks a Project Cataloguer for Sculpture to work on the Collection Documentation Initiative (CDI) November, 2012 – May 2013. …
- Humanities Administrator (Museum background) [National Endowment for the Humanities]JOB SUMMARY: NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. This term position can be extended…
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- Events Services Assistant [The Oakland Museum of California] OMCA CORE COMMITMENT All staff embrace and advance the OMCA mission, values, and vision, and uphold OMCA core principles in their work, public interactions, working relationships, and efforts on behalf of the Museum and the people OMCA serves. This sha…
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- Business Manager [The Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden] BACKGROUND Snug Harbor was founded in 1801 as a haven for retired sailors. Today the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (SHCC) is a vibrant regional botanical and arts center serving 450,000 visitors per year. Located less than 2…
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- University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Fellowship [UConn] The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) invites outstanding university and college professors, independent scholars, writers, museum and library professionals to apply for a residential fellowship that comes with a stipend of $40,000. Su…
- Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows [The Jewish Museum] The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is a three week study trip for students who are matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees in 2013 in Holocaust studies and related fields. Students of all faiths and ethniciti…
- Research Fellowships in Art and Visual Culture [The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwich Gallery] The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. The collec…
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Interested in Americana and material culture? BU is putting out a call for papers for their March conference, “Beyond Production and Consumption.” They say:
We invite submissions that engage material culture from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and that examine processes of appropriation, transformation, reclamation, or reinvention related to American material culture. The conference seeks to enlarge our understanding of what Arjun Appadurai has identified as “the social life of things,” and to extend the analytical and methodological processes that underpin material culture studies.
Download the submission guidelines here: CFP Beyond Production and Consumption
COLLECTING THE CONTEMPORARY Edited by Owain Rhys and Zelda Baveystock
We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013.
The book will be edited by Owain Rhys, Curator of Contemporary Life at St Fagans: National History Museum, Wales and Zelda Baveystock, Teaching Associate at Newcastle University and freelance museums consultant.
Why and how should social history museums engage with contemporary collecting? To fill gaps in the collection? To record modern urban life? To engage with minority communities? To link past and present? There are many possible responses… And many museums collect contemporary objects, stories, images and sounds – consciously or unconsciously. But reasoned policies and procedures are very often lacking. And – given the uniquely detailed record of contemporary life recorded by ubiquitous media – how best are museums to record and present contemporary life in their collections?
An overview of contemporary collecting in a social historical context is well overdue. Original source material, ideas, developments and research has never before been brought together in a single volume. This book will bring together practitioners from around the world to provide a contemporary and convenient reader which aims to lay the foundations for future initiatives.
We welcome submissions – of between 3000 and 5000 words – on the practice, theory and history of contemporary collecting in social history museums, based on – but not confined to – the following issues and themes. We are particularly interested in new and pioneering initiatives and innovative thinking in this field.
- Projects (including community outreach, externally funded collection programmes, projects with specific goals)
- Exhibitions (including popular culture, contemporary political issues, under-represented groups
- Networks – including SAMDOK and other initiatives
- Fieldwork and contemporary collecting
- Adopting a scientific approach to contemporary collecting
- Audio-visual recording
- The influence of the internet, how to collect, and associated museological issues
- Contemporary collecting and contemporary issues
- Access, storage and conservation issues
- What to collect?
- How to collect?
- Who should collect?
- Community involvement – advantages and disadvantages
- Contemporary collecting – key priority or passing fad?
- Definitions of contemporary collecting
- Should contemporary collecting be object or people based?
- Alternatives to the accepted norms
- The case for nationally or regionally co-ordinated policies
- The impact of social and digital media for the future of contemporary collecting
- Origins and development of contemporary collecting
- Differences between institutions and countries (e.g. Sweden’s ethnological approach v. Britain’s social history approach)
Owain Rhys has recently published Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice with MuseumsEtc. This book gathered together disparate strands of contemporary collecting theory and history, and provided an insight into current practices at St Fagans: National History Museum. Owain is interested in formalising definitions and procedures, and in strengthening the bonds between those museums involved in contemporary collecting.
Zelda Baveystock has a longstanding interest in contemporary collecting. As the first Keeper of Contemporary Collecting at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, she established a subject specialist network of urban history museums actively involved in the field in 2004. She has lectured and taught on the subject in the UK, and in Sweden.
If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography to both the editors and the publishers at the following addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 10 December 2012. Enquiries should also be sent to these addresses. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and a discount on more.
The book will be published in print and digital editions by MuseumsEtc in 2013.
ABSTRACTS: 10 DECEMBER 2012
CONTRIBUTORS NOTIFIED: 11 JANUARY 2013
COMPLETED PAPERS: 2 APRIL 2013
This Call for Papers may be downloaded here.
Before I moved to Massachusetts, I had never heard of February vacation week. Do you feel as cheated as I do? Make up for lost time by joining in on one of these events on February 22.
Here: First, get yourself to the MIT Museum from 10-noon for the straw rocket challenge presented by the MIT Rocket Team. That just sounds cool.
There: Next, hurry to the Old State House before 4pm for the 18th Century Portraits program. Learn appropriate poses before using their backdrops and props to live out the dream of starring in your very own portrait. (It’s not just my dream, right?)
Visit the MIT Museum and Old State House for more information. Anyone who produces photographic evidence of themselves building a rocket and then posing in an 18th century portrait in the same day will be my hero.
AASLH does workshops all over the country, and we’re lucky enough to have a terrific one right in our backyard this spring, and the other a short train ride away.
(They also have a great emerging professional scholarship program that you could use to attend one of these workshops. The catch is that the deadline has passed for this year’s applications, BUT you should keep it in mind for next year. Info at the bottom of this page.)
Here’s their text:
Museum Education 101
Dates: March 15-16, 2012
Location: Historic New England, Otis House, Boston, MA
Through interactive activities, hands-on training, and case studies, participants will learn about volunteer management, docent training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, and online education. Participants will leave the workshop with information and materials they can take back to their institutions to adapt and use.
Cost: $280 members/$355 nonmembers
$20 discount if payment received by February 10
Historic House Museum Issues and Operations
Dates: March 22-23, 2012
Location: Decatur House and Octagon House, Washington, DC
This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. With a focus on historic house museums, topics include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretative tours, volunteers and building and landscape maintenance.
Cost: $250 members/$325 nonmembers
$20 discount if payment is received by February 17