Preliminary Conference Program

scheduleHello conference goers! You can access the preliminary conference program– with session participants, abstracts, and more!– to view or download HERE

Note the description of the “conference ethnographers” at the back of the program–something new we are introducing that we hope will make for a unique experience and provide access to the conference for those who are unable to attend.


Conference Schedule at a Glance

THURSDAY May 25, 2017

2-5pm          Register & visit the Popup Exhibits and Posters!  Presenters will be available to discuss their work.

2-5pm          Workshop: Curatorial Dreaming with Shelley Butler (limited to 8, sign up info to here:

3-430pm      Workshop: Career Advising for Students and Early Career  Professionals [please note: there will also be a career advising at Friday lunch]

4-6pm          Pre-circulated Papers Sessions are closed sessions

Museums and Indigenous Health and Heritage in N. America

Object-Centered Narratives

Engaged and Collaborative Research

5-615pm          Welcome & Roundtable: Student Perspectives on Museum Anthropology Futures

630-8pm          Join us for “Libation Anthropology: a Participant Observation Approach”— as we head into town and mix with the locals in lively social atmospheres! (more info in the conference program)

FRIDAY May 26, 2017

830-9am           Coffee and Conversation – and continuing Registration

9-930am           Opening Remarks

930-1045am    Roundtable: Artist Dialogues with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Spring Hurlbut                     

1045-1115am Coffee and Conversation, started with a PechaKucha-style food for thought!

1115-1230pm  Roundtables

Challenging the Supremacy of Objects in the Anthropocene

Hearts of our People: A discussion on collaboration, theories, practices and insights for an upcoming Native Women’s Art exhibition

1230-145pm    LUNCH with themed tables

200-315pm      Roundtable: Museum Histories for Museum Futures: Legacies of Museum Anthropology, 1945-1980

315-345pm      Coffee and Conversation, started with a PechaKucha-style food for thought!

345-500pm    Breakout Sessions

Problem Solving Session– Using Museum Collections in Teaching Anthropology: Making it Happen

Workshop– Help shape Guidelines for Collaboration, museums working with Indigenous communities

PechaKucha-style SessionInterrogating Digital/Collaboration

500-530pm      Break (check out mural, posters, exhibits)

530-630pm      Keynote Speaker: Wayne Modest

 630-800pm      Reception

SATURDAY May 27, 2017

845-915am      Coffee and Conversation

915-930am      Morning Provocation

930-1045am    Roundtable: The Curatorial Legacy of the Expo ‘67 Indians of Canada Pavilion and the Future of Indigenous Museum Practice

1045-1115am  Coffee and Conversation, started with a PechaKucha-style food for thought!

1115-1230pm  Roundtables

Specimen, Object, Data: Transforming Collections Across Disciplines

The Challenges of Re-discovering and Re-presenting Hidden Indigenous Collections

1230-145pm    Lunch

200-315pm      Roundtable: Slow Museology for Difficult Histories: Relationship Advice for Scholars, Artists, Educators, and Curators Looking for Commitment

315-345pm      Coffee and Conversation, started with a PechaKucha-style food for thought!

345-500pm   Breakout Sessions

WorkshopMobilizing Museum Anthropology in the Political Moment— a workshop with the Museum Anthropology journal editor

Problem Solving Session: How can museums be more responsive to current events?

Roundtable– New technologies, better relationships? People, objects, and 3D museology

Problem Solving SessionEngaging students and Activating Collections

500-515pm        Break

515-600pm      Closing Remarks

Posters and Pop Up Exhibits

Posters and Pop Up Exhibits will be displayed throughout the conference – presenters will have dedicated time to be available and discuss their work on Thursday, 2-5pm.

SUNDAY May 28, 2017

Museum Day in Montreal —a day to explore the city and its museums!