[csaa-forum] James Clifford talk at Macquarie University, October 23

Eve Vincent evevincent at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 10:44:24 ACST 2014

Professor James Clifford is coming to Macquarie University to talk about
'Art and Ethnography in the Post-Western Museum' -- you are all warmly
welcomed to join us.

When: 10:30-12:30, Thursday October 23.

Where: Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, W6A, Room 708.

*Please RSVP to eve.vincent at mq.edu.au <eve.vincent at mq.edu.au>*

As to the 'What', read on...


Art and Ethnography in the Post-Western Museum

James Clifford

There are two principal avenues through which the material creations of
non-Western peoples have gained recognition and value in the cultural
centers of Europe and North America. One avenue can be called “culture,”
the other “art.” Much has been written to criticize this sorting mechanism,
and in practice a variety of hybrid museum spaces are opening up. Yet
despite the decentering pressures of decolonization and globalization,
long-established categories change unevenly: the “two museums”
persist.  This talk explores shifting institutional relations between art
and ethnography in contemporary metropolitan contexts. The relative
vitality and prestige of the two traditions is assessed with examples drawn
from museological innovations in Vancouver, Berlin, and Paris. What is
gained and lost in the increasing pressure to represent “global arts and
cultures?” What prospects for serious cross-cultural translation can be
found in the emerging forms of collecting, programming, and marketing

James Clifford is Emeritus Professor in the History of Consciousness
Department at the University of California Santa Cruz. Clifford is the
author of several widely cited and translated books, including *The
Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art*
 (1988), *Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late 20th Century*(1997),
and *Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty First Century* (2013). He
was co-editor (with George Marcus) of the widely influential
collection *Writing
Culture: the Poetics and Politics of Ethnography* (1986).
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