History 390A (921) Object of Encounter: Local and Global Histories of South Asia at the Museum of Vancouver

Instructor(s)

Term

summer term 1

Course Level

Undergraduate

Credits

3

Description

The title of HIST 390A in summer 2018S is: Object of Encounter: Local and Global Histories of South Asia at the Museum of Vancouver. This special one-time course centres on researching the South Asia collection at the Museum of Vancouver (MoV). The Museum holds a unique collection of objects from South Asia, which were brought to Vancouver in the 1930s by local travelers. These objects have never before been catalogued, researched, or exhibited. This research seminar seeks to interrogate these objects for their implications for local and global histories. Led jointly by UBC faculty and a senior MoV curator, the course consists of both classroom elements (examining the theory of material culture research and establishing a historical context for these objects) at UBC and time in the collections at MoV. Students taking this course will develop historical research skills, learn about museum curating, and contribute towards developing an online exhibition of these materials.