Kiersten F. Latham is the Director of Arts, Cultural Management and Museum Studies, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Prior to this, Dr. Latham spent 9 years at Kent State University where she developed and taught in the museum studies specialization within the Master’s in Library & Information Science and ran the experimental MuseLab. She has taught all aspects of museum studies, from administration to collections management to user experience. In addition to academic work, she has worked in, on, and about museums in various capacities for over 30 years, serving as a director, educator, researcher, collections manager, curator, volunteer, and consultant. Her research interests convene around the meaning of museum objects—especially with respect to emotion, perception, sensation, and spirituality—and the conceptual foundations of museums as document systems. She has done research on numinous experiences with museum objects, imaginative touch (of museum objects), user perceptions of ‘the real thing’ in museums, museums as ecological systems, contemplative practices in museums, positive museology, and conceptual ramifications of museum object as document.
Karen Schamberger is a curator and historian with a love of museums and public history. She is currently working at the National Museum of Australia as part of a team developing a new environmental history gallery. She has previously worked on the Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition (2011) at the Immigration Museum and Journeys exhibition (2009) at the National Museum of Australia. Her PhD dissertation: Identity, belonging and cultural diversity in Australian Museums examined the ways that objects mediate relations between people of culturally diverse backgrounds in Australian society and history. This included an examination of the ways that museums, through their collections and exhibitions, are implicated in processes of inclusion and exclusion. Her interests include museology, transnationalism, migration, histories of place, colonisation, whiteness, human relationships with other species and material culture.
As Curator of Academic Programs at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, I collaborate with faculty across all units of the university to foster interdisciplinary programs and to develop creative ways to join the museum with curricular activities. As Director of Education, I lead a team in developing engaging learning opportunities for exhibitions and in creating “always-on” educational experiences for students and community members, whenever they come to the museum. Our focus extends from visitor experience in the museum to outreach and partnerships that serve community needs. In addition to research and lectures on museum education, my teaching and research in American art have focused on turn-of-the-(twentieth)-century American artists abroad, American illustration and issues of race and whiteness.
Associate Director, Senior Curator of Musical Instruments and Professor of Music, National Music Museum & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments, The University of South Dakota. 1978-present. Responsibilities include: overseeing care and academic interpretation of objects, materials, and specimens belonging to the Museum; cataloging of museum collections, including scholarly determination of classification, dating, and provenance; conducting research about the Museum’s collections and publishing the results of that research; conducting research that will lead to the discovery of new knowledge or new applications of existing knowledge; teaching graduate-level courses in the history and technology of musical instruments (for unique M.M. degree with specialization in the history of musical instruments) and Museum Studies; and creation, development, and maintenance of website. Specialist in 19th-20th-century American Musical Instrument Manufacturing, particularly the C. G. Conn company of Elkhart, Indiana, and other Midwestern musical instrument manufacturers.
Qualified teacher with a passion for history, heritage and education. Particularly interested in the history of material culture, digital humanities and museums education. Museum education experience includes leading educational workshops at The Charles Dickens Museum, The Royal Institute of British Architects and The London Museum of Water and Steam. Currently working as part of the Learning team at the British Library. Heritage sector experience includes building conservation casework at the Victorian Society and historic environment record work at Historic England. Contributed to the Institute of Historic Research ‘Layers of London’ project, creating two collections of records relating to the London Borough of Brent.
Postdoc researcher on the project “Colonial Provenances of Nature. The expansion of the mammal collection at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, around 1900” funded by the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation), and hosted at the Humanities for Nature Department at the Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, Berlin. Historian of Science and Empire & self-proclaimed Museum-Person, Catarina Madruga defended her PhD in the University of Lisbon titled “Taxonomy & Empire. Zoogeographical knowledge on Portuguese Africa, 1862-1881” in 2020. Her research for the last decade focused on the zoological collections shipped from African territories and studied in the Lisbon Zoological Museum of the Escola Politécnica de Lisboa, under the direction of José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage (1823-1907), and on the study of Bocage’s correspondence and scientific networks. She has previous training in Museum Studies and experience in Exhibition Design and Museum Education. She is a Guest Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, NL. Currently moving from Lisbon to Berlin.
I am the Curator of Greek and Roman Provincial Coins at the British Museum.
I am a digital archaeologist specialising in two- and three-dimensional imaging of small, reflective and translucent or transparent objects, particularly glass. I am currently working with the Digital Creativity in Regional Museums project to create a toolkit that facilitates the development of affordable digital immersive experiences in smaller museums.
…Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
College Art Association
Southeastern College Art Conference
Midwest Art History Society
Academic Programs at Colleges and University Museums
Association of Historians of American Art…
I work in Academic Engagement at the University of Miami, promoting the cultural resources at the Lowe Art Museum and University Libraries for object-based learning, teaching, research, and scholarship.
US literatures and cultures, 19th and 20th centuries; collecting; material cultures; museums; experimental film.