Graduate Study: The Pitt Rivers Museum and ISCA
Young monk with mural of the guardian
kings at Ridzong Buddhist monastery.
Ladakh, Tibet, 1994.The Pitt Rivers Museum houses one of the world's finest and best documented collections of ethnographic and archaeological artefacts, as well as ethnographic photographs and archival holdings. It also holds a unique place in the history of British anthropology, for it was here in 1884 that Sir Edward Tylor was appointed to hold the first lectureship in anthropology in Britain. Teaching remains central to the Museum's role and is continued today in the School of Anthropology, of which the Museum is a part, along with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA).
Alan Corbiere, Ojibwe, Executive Director
of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation,
videoconferencing from the Pitt Rivers
Museum research room to Eddie King,
an Odawa tribal elder, at the OCF, 2007.
Museum staff teach an innovative one-year MSc. program in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology (VMMA); students may also do D.Phil. research. The MSc. program emphasises material culture, visual anthropology, art and aesthetics, sensory anthropology, ethnographic photography and film, and museum anthropology within the broad framework of social and cultural anthropology, its history, and its
Dr Laura Peers and MAME students working with
Pitt Rivers Museum photographic collections, 2007.contemporary contexts.