History 390A (921) Objects of Encounter: Local and Global Histories of South Asia at the Museum of Vancouver
The title of HIST 390A in summer 2019S is Object of Encounter: Local and Global Histories of South Asia at the Museum of Vancouver. This special course offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to undertake hands-on material culture research in the archives of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV). The museum holds a unique collection of objects from South Asia that were brought to Vancouver in the 1930s and '40s 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 MOV curators and conservationists, 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 work towards developing an virtual exhibition of these materials.