Dr Mark Elliott: Senior Curator (Anthropology)

markelliottMark 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 and, from 2010-12, was exhibition coordinator for the redisplayed ground floor galleries. His most recent exhibition, with Hildegard Diemberger and Michela Clemente, was Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond.

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).

Selected Publications:

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 Ethnography 22.

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.

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