Friday, September 22, 2017

Position Announcement: Muslims in Brooklyn Project Coordinator, Brooklyn Historical Society

The Muslims in Brooklyn Project Coordinator will work closely with the Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) to coordinate the implementation of a dynamic multi-faceted public history project designed to amplify the stories of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities, and contextualize those stories in the broader history of Brooklyn. Using oral histories, the project will provide opportunities for Muslims to tell their stories in all their complexity and nuance, create essential avenues for non-Muslims to understand how those stories relate to and speak to their own experiences, and promote listening as a tool for greater accountability and openness among our civic institutions and leaders. 

The oral histories collected as part of the project will serve as the basis for an interpretive website, an art-focused exhibition, an educational curriculum, a public programming series, and a publication—all of which will be designed to provide learning opportunities, challenge assumptions, and promote tolerance and understanding about Brooklyn’s rich ethnic and religious heritage.

As a member of this highly collaborative team, the Project Coordinator will participate in decision-making at all points in the project and will contribute to shaping content and goals of oral history collecting, public programming, and multimedia web publishing. 


• Assist with historical research
• Conduct oral histories: identify prospective narrators, develop interview guides, record interviews, and audit transcripts
• Liaise with oral history interviewers and narrators to ensure oral history best practices and documentation 
• Curate, edit, and produce audio clips from oral histories 
• Represent the project both internally to BHS departments and externally to community members and other stakeholders
• Assist with event design and coordinate logistics for project-related events, meetings, and programs 
• Coordinate communications with internal and external audiences 
• Assist in managing content for project website 
• Track overall project progress using project management tools 
• Provide administrative support for project meetings, vendor services, tracking invoices and purchase orders 
• Assist in the preparation of reports to be submitted both internally and externally to funders 

Minimum Qualifications:

• MA or higher in History, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, or a related field 
• Experience conducting oral history interviews
• Extremely organized, detail-oriented ability to stay on-task in a complex environment 
• Ability to work independently on administrative projects and ensure that they are accomplished in a timely and accurate manner 
• Comfort with both Mac and PC platforms, using MS Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with interfaith dialogue, as well as familiarity with concepts of religious diversity and pluralism 
• Knowledge of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities
• Familiarity with multimedia software (Audacity, Photoshop), and content management systems like WordPress 
• Understanding of and interest in the history of New York and Brooklyn
• Interest and Experience writing online content for a broad audience 
• Experience working in a historical society, museum, library, academic, or related institution


Part Time: $25/hour, 25 hours/week for one year; renewable for a second-year pending additional funding. BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to: with “Project Coordinator” in the subject line. Be prepared to send writing samples. Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Posting Date:  

September 14, 2017

More here

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Position Announcement: Integrative Collections Director, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) seeks a motivated individual with a background and passion for natural history and the management of collections to fill a new and exciting position, Director of Integrative Collections. The Museum’s research, education, archives, and library collections have been consolidated under one functional area, and we are in search of a leader to guide this new branch. The successful individual will help craft a vision to raise the profile and accessibility of DMNS’ collections, while leading a highly skilled team that provides professional collections management, and support for research, education, and Museum programming. The ability to do collections outreach and communicate the value of our collections is an important component of this position.

The Museum has committed significant resources towards caring for its growing collections including opening of the 63,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Avenir Collections Center in 2014. The museum has also committed to supporting the research collections by establishing new collections support positions within the Research and Collections Division.

This position will report directly to the Vice President of Research & Collections/Chief Curator. It will be key to work closely with the division’s other directors, directly supervise collections managers, archives, and education collections staff, and manage a budget focused on collections care.

The world-class collections at DMNS include 4.1 million objects and specimens in Anthropology, Archives, Earth Sciences, Education, Health Sciences, Library, and Zoology. Collections span seven continents, deep time to the present, with a major focus on the American West. A large portion of the collections are databased and publicly accessible, including access through other portals (e.g., iDigBio, GBIF). The Research and Collections Division is supported by 35 staff members, multiple-grant-funded positions, and approximately 700 volunteers.

Information about the Museum’s collections can be found here:

Essential duties:
Provides strategic leadership for collections staff by providing opportunities for career growth and continuing education by building networks with museums for training in collections management.
Awareness of pan-Museum strategy and initiatives and ability to communicate that vision to the staff and integrate into the department.
Inspires staff to excellence, by providing timely feedback and rewarding exceptional performance.
Provides vision for team collaboration within the department and across the museum.
Works with curators to ensure strategic growth of the collections, deaccessions, and repatriation are within parameters of DMNS collection policies.
Evaluates, develops, updates and oversees the implementation of collections management policies and the long-term collections plan and submits for approval through the appropriate channels.
Ensures proper utilization and methodology of collection databases.
Assists with logistics of collection acquisitions that are relevant to the mission of the museum.
Oversees grant administration, budgets, and projects in accordance with museum procedures to improve the care, growth, access, and use of collections.
Oversees implementation of innovative approaches for increasing accessibility and use of the collections.
Serves as a Museum public spokesperson for the collections, and provides professional expertise as needed to other areas of the museum and the media in a timely and professional manner.

Master’s degree in earth sciences, life sciences or social sciences is required; PhD preferred.
7 years’ experience in managing natural history collections.
5 years’ experience utilizing a collection database.
5 years’ experience managing professional level staff required.
5 years’ experience securing and administering grants and budget management required.
Some travel will be required.
Some evening and weekend work required.
Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required.

Ideal candidate will:
Have a PhD preferred in earth sciences, life sciences, or social sciences.
Be a leader that can inspire their team.
Be a visionary that can increase community and research exposure to our collections.
Have public speaking and experience working with media.

Core values:
We love science.
We are curious, creative and playful.
We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
We think critically and act with empathy.

This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part in the continued success of the Museum, with 450+ full-time and part-time employees and more than 1,800 volunteers. We are building on our already solid foundation with a strong vision and solid strategy to recreate and redefine how we engage our community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.

Application Instructions:
Please submit your cover letter and resume by October 15, 2017. Resumes will not be accepted after this time.
Applications may only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website:
Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Call for Papers: Eleventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, held 6–8 September 2018 at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.

Founded in 2008, the International Conference on the Inclusive Museum brings together a community of museum practitioners, researchers, and thinkers. The key question addressed by the conference: How can the institution of the museum become more inclusive? In this time of fundamental social change, what is the role of the museum, both as a creature of that change, and perhaps also as an agent of change?

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

For more information regarding the conference click here

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) Symposium: Putting Theory and Things Together - Research with Museum Collections

The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is hosting a symposium at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History on November 27-28, 2017 to mark the 10 year anniversary of the initial planning for the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology. Since its inception, SIMA has trained 108 graduate students in methods for the use of museum collections to advance the field of anthropology, 41 collections interns to be future museum and archives professionals, and 7 university professors to help integrate museum collections into their teaching. The symposium program will showcase SIMA’s contribution to the field of museum anthropology by featuring the work of former SIMA students and keynote lectures by Howard Morphy, distinguished Professor of Anthropology and founding Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University, and Ruth Phillips, Professor of Art History and Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa.

The program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dutch Art Museum Chooses to Change Its Colonialist Name

Hyperallergic, Elena Goukassian
September 11, 2017

"On Thursday, Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art announced that it has decided to change its name to dissociate itself from its namesake, the Dutch naval officer Witte Corneliszoon de With. As an agent of both the Dutch West India and the Dutch East India companies in the 17th century, de With led many colonial expeditions. The institution’s decision to change its name was immediately politicized, causing a flurry of controversy in the Netherlands.

In an email to Hyperallergic, the art center’s director Defne Ayas explained that the name never really fit the institution and its mission. “We were named after our location in 1990, the street in which we are situated is named after [Witte de With],” she said. “Naming art institutions after locations in a bid to affirm neutrality was a trend in those days.” So, what will Witte de With’s new name be? That remains to be seen. Ayas — whose maximum six-year term as the institution’s director is about to end — says it’ll be up to her successor to decide next year."

More here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cheech Marin's art collection to become nation's first Chicano museum

CBS News, September 2, 2017

"While Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong's stoner comedy was decidedly silly, their financial success allowed Marin to pursue a serious passion of collecting Chicano art. Now, some 30 years after he bought his first painting, Marin is about to have his own museum - the first in the country to focus solely on Mexican-American art and culture."

More here

Recovering Voices and Mother Tongue Film Festival Deadlines

Mother Tongue Film Festival 2018 – Submissions Deadline EXTENDED to Friday September 15, 2017
We are still accepting film submissions for the 2018 Mother Tongue Film Festival! Complete the online submission form before Sept 15, 2017. More information about the film festival including dates, venues, and more, will be available soon on the Recovering Voices website.


2017 Community Research Program Call for Proposals – Closes September 15, 2017
This is a friendly reminder that the 2018 Community Research Program Call for Proposals deadline for application submissions is this Friday September 15, 2017. This call is for projects to take place in 2018.
The purpose of the Community Research Program is to support indigenous communities in their efforts to save, document, and enliven their languages, cultures, and knowledge systems. Funding brings groups of community scholars from around the world to the Smithsonian to examine specific objects, specimens, and documents related to their heritage and to engage in a dialogue with Smithsonian staff in order to recover and revitalize their language and knowledge. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Projects can have a budget of up to $10,000 in funding through Recovering Voices.
All the application guidelines and materials are available on our website: Learn more about the Community Research Program on our website, and Blog,
Contact us at with any questions. Applications can be submitted via email to
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Conference Opportunity: Histories of Anthropology - Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970)

September 18-19th, 2017

The “Histories of Anthropology: Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970)” conference will be held on the 18th and 19th of September 2017 at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.

The conference will examine the history of anthropology in terms of two broadly conceived themes. The first concerns the history of anthropology’s relationship with cognate disciplines. While the second explores the political and social history of anthropology, its relationship to governance, colonialism and broader political and social transformations. We are particularly interested in transnational and trans-colonial perspectives.

This conference is organized by the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of History, with support from the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, and generously supported by the Royal Historical Society and the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund.

More information and register here.