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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


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 past 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).


Key publications: 

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.

Senior Curator in Anthropology
Black and white photograph of Mark Elliott, Curator of Anthropology, MAA
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