Dr. Monique Scott - “Exhibiting Africa: Anthropology, Museums and the Persistent Western Imagination”
November 5, 2019
Hall Center for the Humanities
900 Sunnyside Ave.
Monique Scott is an anthropologist that specializes in the representation of race in museums, Scott currently serves as the Director of Museum Studies at Bryn Mawr College. After receiving her PhD in Anthropology from Yale University in 2004, she worked for more than ten years as head of cultural education at the American Museum of Natural History. Her 2007 book Rethinking Evolution in the Museum: Envisioning African Origins., explores how museum visitors “make meaning” in exhibitions, particularly in regards to representations of Africa and people of African descent. Her recent research focuses on the representation of Africa in Philadelphia museums, examining the tension between African objects collected as art or artifact in some of the country’s oldest museums.