Cover picture by Morag Kersel
Join us on zoom on September 4th for the seventh of our 2020 #EOTalks series! This event will feature Morag Kersel, who will share her thoughts about how the Museum of the Bible can, and should, do better.
You can also watch the talk on Everyday Orientalism’s facebook page
by Morag Kersel
A museum’s aversion to addressing complex issues of geopolitics, provenance, ownership, and archaeological site destruction caused by looting results in distorted displays, misleading interpretations of the material record, and injustice in the contact zone (sensu Pratt, Clifford, and Boast). While in this moment of decolonization, the trope of the museum as contact zone may appear dated, it provides a useful lens with which to scrutinize elements of public display. The Museum of the Bible, the collecting practices of Steve Green/Hobby Lobby, a few lawsuits, and a personal experience with gatekeeping, provide the perfect opportunity to consider curatorial decision-making, untold stories, breaches of the public trust, and bias in the contact zone.
Morag M. Kersel is Associate Professor of Anthropology at DePaul University, Director of the Museum Studies Minor, and affiliated faculty with the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law in the College of Law at DePaul University. Her research interests include the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Periods of the eastern Mediterranean and Levant, cultural heritage protection, the public display of archaeological artifacts. Morag is a co-director of the Follow the Pots project, tracking the movement of Early Bronze Age pots from mortuary landscapes in Jordan to the global antiquities market. She is currently at work on a manuscript project Innocents Abroad? The Consumption of Artifacts from the Holy Land.
Sept. 4th 2020, 10am Toronto time = 7am San Francisco time = 3pm London time = 4pm Cairo time = 7pm Mumbai time = 10pm Singapore time = midnight on Sept. 5th Sydney time. The whole event shall last about 1hour (c.30 min talk followed by q&a).
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