International Graduate Field School in Critical Museology

Curating and Public Scholarship Lab (

Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada

May 15th – 27th, 2017

The International Graduate Field School in Critical Museology, sponsored by the Canada Research

Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies at Concordia University, will introduce students to the

museum as a significant venue for debating social issues, as well as both an actor in and site of

struggle for defining and expanding definitions of nation, citizenship, and heritage. Students will

learn about current approaches to critical museology theory and practice from leading scholars and

museum professionals. The Field School will culminate in a showcase of student projects at the

Museum Anthropology Futures conference, the inaugural conference of the Council for Museum

Anthropology (American Anthropological Association) at Concordia University.

Dates: Monday, May 15th – Saturday, May 27th

(Museum Anthropology Futures conference is May 25-27)

The first week of the field school will consist of lectures, theoretical readings, and discussions, as well

as museum site-visits (details below). In the second week students will undertake a guided

“Curatorial Dreaming” exercise and produce their own imagined exhibitions or interventions, which

will be showcased at the Museum Anthropology Futures conference. Student “Curatorial Dream”

projects will result in proposals for either a curatorial or pedagogical intervention in a local Montreal

museum, or for an imagined exhibition based on social, cultural, or historical research.

Faculty includes:

● Dr. Erica Lehrer – Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies, Concordia


● Dr. Heather Igloliorte – Concordia University Chair in Aboriginal Art History and Community


● Dr. Shelley Ruth Butler – McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Principal, Curatorial

Dreaming workshops (

● Dr. Jennifer Carter – Director of Museology, UQAM

● Dr. Angela Failler – CRC in Culture and Public Memory, University of Winnipeg

● Dr. Monica Patterson – Head of Curatorial Studies, Carleton University

Topics include:

Critical museology in transnational perspective

Decolonizing museology

Human Rights Museology

Digital museology

“Difficult Knowledge” in the Museum

Artists’ interventions in Museums

Children’s Museology

Curatorial Dreaming methodology

Lectures will be complemented by “behind the scenes” site visits to local museums, including:

● McCord Museum

● Centre d’Histoire de Montreal

● Montreal Holocaust Museum

● Museum of Jewish Montreal

● Montreal Museum of Fine Arts



For Concordia students and Quebec-based students: $351.27 CAD

For students registered in Canadian universities: $841.23 CAD

For France-based Masters and PhD students: $841.23 CAD

For international MA and PhD students: $1,712.76 CAD

*International students must purchase Health Insurance through Concordia’s International Student Office (ISO) at a cost of $183.16 CAD

*Students that have never taken a course at Concordia University must pay $25.00 CAD New Student Fee

*In addition, students that are not previously registered at Concordia will need to obtain a Student Identification Card at a cost of $11.50 CAD.

Credits: Students will receive a course grade and 3 graduate course credits

Housing: Limited free-of charge dormitory accommodation available for out-of-town participants

TO APPLY: Please answer the following questions in maximum 300 words:

1. Why do you want to participate in the Field School in Critical Museology?

2. What is your academic or practical experience with museums and/or museology?

3. If applicable, describe a body of research that you would like to translate into a proposed

exhibition (a “curatorial dream”).

4. Please send a current CV and academic transcript.

5. If you need financial aide, please describe your circumstances and requirements.

DEADLINE: Please send inquiries and application materials by March 30th, 2017 to: