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- DPhil, University of Oxford, 2008
- MA, University of British Columbia, 2004
- BA, Hons., University of Trent, 2001
- Certificate, Museum Management and Curatorship, Sir Sandford Fleming College, 2000
Honours & Awards
Overseas Research Scholarship, Universities UK, 2004-2006
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, CGS Master’s Scholarship, 2003-4
I am interested in the complex and dynamic relationships between museums and source communities, the interconnections between memory and material culture, theoretical aspects of repatriation, and generating new modes for understanding post-colonialism in the museum context.
- Museum studies
- Museum anthropology
- Collections management
- Indigenous peoples / Source communities
- Material culture
- Virtual colonization
In addition to the Memory, Meaning-Making and Collections project with NCCT, and in co-operation with iSchool doctoral student Hannah Turner, I have another strand of research that looks critically at the ideas of 'virtual colonization,' 'post-colonialism' and 'contact zones' in museum contexts, and seeks to understand the heart of museums - their catalogues - as sites that can resist and/or support post-colonial and indigenization processes.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2014 [April]. The Force of Family: repatriation, kinship and memory on Haida Gwaii. University of Toronto Press: Toronto.
Krmpotich, Cara and Laura Peers with the Haida Repatriation Committee and staff of the Pitt Rivers Museum and British Museum. 2013 [November] This is Our Life: Haida material heritage and changing museum practice. UBC Press: Vancouver
Filipucci, Paola, John Harries, Joost Fontein and Cara Krmpotich 2012. “Encountering the past: unearthing remnants of humans in archaeology and anthropology.” Archaeology and Anthropology: Past, Present and Future (ed) David Shankland. Berg: New York and Oxford.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2012. “Post-Colonial or Pre-Colonial: Indigenous Values and Repatriation.” Anthropologists, Indigenous Scholars, and the Research Encounter: Seeking Bridges Towards Mutual Respect (eds) J Hendry and L Fitznor. Pp. 162-170. Routledge: London and New York.
Krmpotich, Cara and Laura Peers. 2011 'The Scholar-Practitioner Expanded: An Indigenous and museum research network' in Museum Management and Curatorship 26(5): 421-440.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2010. 'Remembering and Repatriation: the production of kinship, memory and respect' in Journal of Material Culture 15(2): 157-179.
Krmpotich, Cara, Joost Fontein and John Harries. 2010. 'The Substance of Bones: the emotive materiality and affective presence of human remains' in Journal of Material Culture, 15(4): 371-384.
DPhil thesis: REPATRIATION AND THE PRODUCTION OF KINSHIP AND MEMORY: Anthropological Perspectives on the Repatriation of Haida Ancestral Remains Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2008.
Select Conference Contributions:
Cara Krmpotich and Devorah Romanek. “Museums in the Third Space: Theorizing the Move from Encounter to Engagement.” American Anthropological Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2012.
Turner, Hannah and Cara Krmpotich. “Memory Files: Online Catalogues and Digitally Embedded Discourses.” Paper accepted for presentation at European Association of Social Anthropology Conference, Nanterre, France, July 10-13, 2012.
Krmpotich, Cara and Robyn Watt. “Teaching Collections 101.” ICOM-ICTOP “The Museum Professional Network: Careers, Connections and Community,” Toronto, ON, October 24-27, 2011.
Krmpotich, Cara. “From Post-Colonial to Pre-Colonial” Indigenous People and Museums:Unraveling the Tensions, World Archaeological Congress Inter-Congress,Indianapolis, IN, June 22-25, 2011.
Krmpotich, Cara and Laura Peers. 2010. ‘Movements of Museology: the transnationalism of Canadian Practice’ Taking Stock: Museum Studies and Museum Practices in Canada April 22-24, 2010, University of Toronto.
Conference planning committee member, ‘Seeking Bridges Between Anthropology and Indigenous Studies.’ June 2009, Brookes University, Oxford, UK. Session co-organizer: ‘Decolonizing Museology’; Session organizer: ‘The Senses’.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2009a. ‘Producing Kinship and Memory: Anthropological Perspectives on Haida Repatriation’ Canadian Anthropological Society, Vancouver, B.C., May 13-16, 2009.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2009b. ‘The continued presence of ancestors: the affective presence of human remains.’ Paper presented at the Association of Social Anthropologists 2009 Conference, Bristol, UK, April 7, 2009.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2008a. ‘Ancestral Bones: creating proximity and familiarity, erasing distance and anonymity’ Invited paper presented at ‘What Lies Beneath: the emotive materiality and affective presence of human remains.’ Department of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, December 4-5, 2008.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2008b. ‘Closing Remarks: Museums for the Marginalised: representation and empowerment’ Horniman Museum, London, October 25, 2008.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2004. ‘New Methods, New Messages? Museum Visitors’ Responses to Collaborative Exhibitions’ Paper presented at Canadian Anthropological Society (CASCA) Meetings, London, Ontario, May 5-9, 2004.
Select Invited Lectures:
“Towards a Meaningful Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in Museum Studies.” Invited paper, President’s Program on Indigenous Knowledge, ALISE Conference, January 17-20, Dallas, TX.
"Presence and Absence: Women in Collections.” Herstories Café, Womenin Museums, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, April 8, 2011.
‘Narratives of Family, Constructions of Self: Healing, Respect and Identity in the Haida Repatriation Process’ Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Trent University, February 16, 2011.
2011b. ‘No More Ghosts in the Closet: Inviting a Haida delegation to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford’ Pine Tree Talk, First Peoples House of Learning, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University, February 16, 2011.
Hannah Turner, iSchool, "Objects, Access and Agency: Aboriginal Knowledge and Digital Cultural Heritage"
Heather Read, OISE, "The Earthenwhere Project"
Emma-Louise Knight, MMSt Candidate
Gabby Resch, MI
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