Museum of Me (60 minutes)
What is the role of museums in society? How should museums use objects to represent other cultures? How can objects help construct and display identity? These are some of the questions that frame this cross-cultural gallery-taught session, which combines critical thinking, self-reflection, discussion, looking and object handling activities.
Benin (60 minutes)
This discussion-based session explores the ethics of modern museums. Using the Benin objects on display at MAA, students will consider problems with the representation of cultures, the history of colonial collecting practices and current issues with repatriation. Students are encouraged to bring their smart phones to this session for a gallery-based activity.
Anthropology, Archaeology and Identity (90 minutes)
This discussion based session examines the relationship between museums and people, as well as current issues with collection, curation and repatriation. Students will learn how the collections come to the Museum and how we navigate the ethics of display and access.
A museum teacher leads the first 45 minutes of the session. Students then independently investigate the galleries and conduct their own object research.
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