BA, Hons., University of Trent, 2001.
Certificate, Museum Management and Curatorship, Sir Sandford Fleming College, 2000.
Cara has also worked at the National Museum of Scotland, Vancouver Museum, and Haida Gwaii Museum, done research at the Glenbow Museum and been involved in exhibition development at the Museum of Anthropology and Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives.
She has a long-term research partnership with the Haida Repatriation Committee, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.
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
I continue to do field research with the Haida, exploring ideas of embodied memory and cultural transmission as a result of engagements with museum objects.
My up-coming research looks critically at the ideas of 'post-colonialism' and 'contact zones' in museum contexts, and seeks to understand whether museums are indeed post-colonial, and what post-colonialism might actually look like in both aboriginal-run museum and cultural centres, and majority society museums in Canada.
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.
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. 2007. ‘Minimizing Distance: the shared experiences of Haida people and their ancestors’ Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings in Washington, DC, November 28-Dec 2, 2007.
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.
Krmpotich, Cara. 2011a. ‘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.
Krmpotich, Cara. 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.
Committee member for:
Hannah Turner, iSchool, "Objects, Access and Agency: Aboriginal Knowledge and Digital Cultural Heritage"
Heather Read, OISE, "The Earthenwhere Project"