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2009 Conference: 'Amateur Passions / Professional Practice: ethnography collectors and collections'

Conference Organiser: Sue Giles

2-3 April, Bristol

Over the last two centuries, museums and the academic discipline of anthropology have developed, bringing increasing professionalism into curatorship and fieldwork. But look at any museum collection, and it is clear that the ?amateur? has been and still is important in ethnographic collecting. What divides the amateur from the professional, and what brings them together? The focus of this year?s conference is on collectors and collections: what drives the one and creates the other?

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