Mark Elliott (MA, PhD, FRAI) is curator with responsibility for the Asian, European and African ethnography collections.
He has carried out ethnographic research in India, and his research interests cover South and Southeast Asia, focusing on historical anthropology and collections history as well as the development of museum collections and museum practice.
He has curated several major exhibitions at the Museum including Assembling Bodies: Art Science & Imagination (with Anita Herle & Rebecca Empson) and Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond (with Hildegard Diemberger and Michela Clemente). He is curator of the current exhibition Another India: Exploration and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia (8 March 2017 – 22 April 2018).
Mark teaches on museum history, exhibition theory and practice, and material anthropology and is co-editor, with Dr Liana Chua, of Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell (Berghahn, 2013).
2017. Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia. Cambridge: MAA & Kolkata: Adivaani/One of Us
2014. With Hildegard Diemberger and Michela Clemente. Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond. Cambridge: MAA
2013. With Liana Chua (ed). Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell. London: Berghahn
2012. Sculptural biographies in an anthropological collection: Mrs Milward’s Indian ‘types’. In Kate Hill (ed). Museums and Biographies: Stories, Objects, Identities. Boydell & Brewer.
2011. With Nicholas Thomas. Gifts & Discoveries. London: Scala
2009. Exhibiting and Enacting Multiple Bodies. Journal of Museum
2009. With Anita Herle & Rebecca Empson Assembling Bodies: Art, Science and Imagination. Cambridge: MAA.
2008. Some Anxious Moments: the politics and pragmatics of collaborative exhibitions. In Rosanna Raymond & Amiria Salmond (eds) Pasifika Styles: Artists inside the Museum. University of Otago Press.
2006. Side Effects: Seeing, touching and interactivity in the Indian Museum, Kolkata. Journal of Museum Ethnography, Number 18. 2006.