Whitman College

THE BODY IN THE ARCHIVE: History, Storytelling & Human Remains by: Dr. Gemma Angel

This talk will explore bodies in the archive—human remains in museums and private collections—whose corporeal presence among other artefacts and documents disrupts the notion of the disciplinary corpus, which gathers together disparate material things for purposes of study, display, entertainment, and the satisfaction of curiosity. Focusing in particular on remains whose provenance is unknown, disputed or fragmentary, Dr. Angel will unravel the fascinating narrative webs of connection, dispersal, imagination and significance that are constantly in the process of being made and unmade, through a series of archive stories drawn from her ethnographic and historical work on human remains, revealing in the process the critical importance of storytelling in the excavation of object biographies and in the writing of history.

Dr. Gemma Angel has a PhD from University College London History of Art Department, working in collaboration with the Science Museum London, and a Masters degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester’s Granada Center in 2009, she was awarded an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award to study the Wellcome tattooed human skin collection with UCL and the Science Museum. Dr. Angel is currently an O’Donnell Visiting Educator in Global Studies at Whitman College.

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Olin Hall, Olin Auditorium
920 E Isaacs, Walla Walla, WA

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