Speaking

Upcoming:

November 23, 2021. Decolonising the Catalogues Conference: “Legacies of Data: Reparative Documentation in Museums.”. Irish Museums Association. Online, registration to come.

Past:

“Ethical Cataloging.” Presentation at the Museums Metadata Summit, Via Zoom, October 20, 2021.

“Cataloguing Culture: Documentation, Colonialism, and Repair.” Presentation at the Pick Museum of Anthropology Decolonizing This Museum Series, Northern Illinois University, Via Zoom, free of charge, September 27, 2021.

“Decolonising the Database.” Invited roundtable talk presented at the Centre for Design History, University of Brighton, Via Zoom, free of charge, July 5, 2021.

“Participatory Design for the Anarchive: The Amagugu Ethu/ Our Treasures Documentation Project.” Paper presented at Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’21), with Laura Gibson and Clara Gimenez-Delgado, Via Zoom, June 28-July 2, 2021. Recording of talk available on YouTube.

“Cataloguing Culture: Documentation, Colonialism, and Repair.” Invited Keynote presented at the Canadian Museum of Nature Seminar Series, Ottawa, Via Zoom, June 16, 2021.

“Re-connect / Re-collect: Reparative Collections and Connections.” Invited roundtable talk presented at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Via Zoom, June 15, 2021.

“Amagugu Ethu / Our Treasures Project: Between the Museum and the Archives in Community Description.” Paper presented at the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Annual Meeting, with Laura Gibson and Clara Gimenez-Delgado, Via Zoom, June 7-11, 2021.

“Cataloguing Culture: Histories of Documentation for the Future.” Invited Keynote presented at the Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources Development Day, Calgary, Via Zoom, April 30, 2021.

“Classifying Culture Data and Material Culture in World Anthropologies: A Conversation for IUAES Congress with Sowparnika Balaswaminathan.” Invited talk presented for the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Via Zoom, April 21,2021. Recording of talk available on YouTube.

Cataloguing Culture: Histories of Documentation in an Ethnographic Museum.” Invited lecture for the American Philosophical Society, Via Zoom, free of charge, December 7, 2020. Recording of talk available on YouTube.

Cataloguing Culture: Histories of Documentation in an Ethnographic Museum.” Invited panel talk presented at ICHORA 2020, Archives and the Digital World, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Via Zoom, Registration Required, October 27, 2020.

Designing for People and Their Belongings in Museum Collections: the Amagugu Ethu / Our Treasures Project. Designing For People Seminar, February 12th, 2020, UBC.

“Defining Digital Care.” Presented on the cosponsored panel, ‘Relational Museum Collections: Indigenous Intangible Heritage and Skills Repatriation’ at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, Vancouver, November 20-24, 2019. Panel date: 8:00 AM, Sunday November 24.

“Caring for Digital Collections: Professional Ethics and Decolonization.” Invited lecture at the Institute for Humanities, University of Manitoba. November 4, 2019

Do Museums Need Objects? Working at the intersection of repatriation, museums, and emerging technologies.” Panel with Maureen Matthews, Jaimie Isaac and Hannah Turner. Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS), University of Winnipeg. November 1, 2019.

“Wrapped in the Cloud: Exhibition, Return, and Digital Representations of Meghann O’Brien’s Sky Blanket.” With Jaimie Isaac, Meghann O’Brien/Jaad Kujuus, Kate Hennessy and Conrad Sly. Panel presentation to be presented at HASTAC: Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education, UBC Vancouver, May 16-18, 2019.

“Promises of Reconciliation and Care for Digital Collections.” Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance. W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin. May 8-10, 2019.

“Networked Heritage and Collaborative Practices: Case Studies from British Columbia.” Postcolonial Digital Connections, Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies (ZIRS) at Halle University, Germany. May 16 – 17, 2018. With Kate Hennessy.

“Addressing Digital Affordance: Mapping Cross Cultural Value in 3D Scanned Belongings.” Art, Materiality, Representation, British Museum/SOAS, June 1-3 2018.

“The Legacy of Data: Infrastructure, Material Durability, and Museum Catalogs.” Invited Lecture, the iSchool at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. January 11, 2018.

“Objects, Access, Agency: The Role of Collections in a Postcolonial, Digital Age.” Keynote Lecture, Computer Applications and Quantitative Applications in Archaeology National Conference (CAA), Gothenburg, Sweden, November 8-11, 2017.

“Value in Virtual Reality: A History of Augmented Media in Museums.” Paper presentation at the American Anthropological Association Annual meeting, Washington, DC. November 29 – December 3, 2017..

“Organizing Anthropologies’ Objects: Histories of Cataloging at the National Museum of Natural History.” National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. May 31, Washington, D.C.

“Critiquing and Historicizing the Digital Museum Catalog.” Museum Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University. May 30, Washington, D.C.

“The ‘Making of Specimens Eloquent’: Anthropological Knowledge Production and Documentation in the Long 19th Century.” To be presented at Beyond Data: Knowledge Production in Bureaucracies across Science, Commerce, and the State Workshop in Washington D.C. June 2017.

Old Media, Anthropology, and the Digital Return. Loyola College, Centre for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities. Chicago, IL. February 2017.

“Documenting the Ethnographic Object: A Media History of Anthropology.” Presented at the SIAT Graduate Colloquium Series. Oct 26 2016, 12:30 – 14:20 pm, SFU, Surrey Campus Room 5380.

“Specimens and Software: Making Object Reproductions in 3D.” Presented on the panel “Returns: New Digital Projects at the Interface” at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 29-April 2, 2016, Vancouver, B.C.

“Memory and Digital Materials in the Museum.” Presented as part of the Metals and Memory Symposia with the Jackman Humanities Institute. March 3, 2016, Toronto, Ontario.

“Beyond the Hybrid: Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Object Reproduction Technologies.” Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 18-22, Denver, Colorado, 2015.

“The Infrastructure of Ethnographic Data.” Paper presentation at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. December 3-7, Washington, DC, 2014.

“Decolonizing the Museum: Catalogs and the Construction of Knowledge.” Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference, San Diego, California, October 9-12, 2014.

“What Kind of Thing is a Museum Catalog?” Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Conference, The Decennial Storm of Progress: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes. York University, Toronto, Canada. April 25-28, 2013.

“Memory Files: Online Catalogs and Digitally Embedded Discourses.” Presented with Cara Krmpotich at the European Association for Social Anthropologists Annual Conference (EASA), l’Université de Paris l’Ouest, Nanterre, Paris, France. July 10 -13, 2012.

“Encounters Online: Heritage Institutions and Contested Meaning in Digital Spaces.” Presented at the conference Diverse Spaces: Examining Identity, Community and Citizenship within Canadian Public Culture, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, April 20-21, 2012.