Ethnography Group Webinar: Celebrating the knowledge within, behind and around contemporary material practices
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To: Monday 22.06.20
Icon Ethnography Group is delighted to welcome Dr Ceri Ashley and Nik Petek-Sargeant from Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP) at the British Museum.
In this paper we will introduce a new programme launched at the British Museum in 2018, which supports documentation work on material knowledge systems and practices globally. Faced by a radically changing material world, the aim of this programme is to ensure that the unique, local and subtle knowledge systems required to make the material world, from the everyday and mundane to the arcane, the spectacular and the secret, can be recorded and celebrated. In this paper we will offer some examples of the types of work we are involved with, but also address the broader questions of why such work is relevant and important globally, and for the museum and academic community.
Dr Ceri Ashley is the Head of the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme at the British Museum. Before joining EMKP she was an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and has previously worked at UCL and UCLA. Her research focuses on the archaeology and material culture of eastern and southern Africa, ranging from hunter-gatherer ceramics around Lake Victoria to the material impact of British missionaries in the nineteenth century Kalahari.
Nik Petek-Sargeant is the digital curator for the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme at the British Museum and is leading the design of the metadata standard for the digital repository and assets. An archaeologist by training, he continues to work in Kenya with pastoral communities researching their history, material culture and human-environment relationships. Nik previously worked on East Africa’s Indian Ocean coast in Tanzania, Kenya and Madagascar and in commercial archaeology in Slovenia and the UK. He received his PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden.
Dr Ceri Ashley, Head of EMKP
Nik Petek-Sargeant, Digital Curator at EMKP