Shelley Ruth Butler

Shelley Ruth Butler

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Shelley Ruth Butler (PhD York University) is a cultural anthropologist who researches museums, curating, and heritage sites in Canada and South Africa. She co-edited (with Erica Lehrer) Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (MQUP 2016), and facilitates Curatorial Dreaming workshops for researchers, museums professionals, and community groups (www.curatorialdreams.com). Her first book, Contested Representations: Re-visiting Into the Heart of Africa (1999 & 2011) is a widely taught ethnography of a controversial exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. expand

Her interest in reflexivity and curating as a critical social practice is reflected in her contributions to Museum Theory: An Expanded Field  (2014) and Slum Tourism: Poverty, Power, Ethics (2012). Her newest curatorial research project explores the (im)possibility of exhibitions in response to suicide. She teaches interdisciplinary courses related to contemporary cultures with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.