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1: What is a Museum? 2: Museum Ethnography: the Field Site and our Informants 3: Participatory Anthropology: Museums as Emergent Entities 4: Objects collect people: Past Perspectives on the Mind and the Material World 5: Collecting Rhythms: Typological Methods in Archaeology and Anthropology 6: Material Anthropology: Generating Knowledge in the Museum 7: Beyond the Boundaries of the Museum: Disciplinary Reconfigureation at Oxford 8: The Pitt Rivers Museum Stretched Out: Collecting in the Field 9: Spatial Transformations: Representing the World at the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Chris Gosden has worked in the Pitt Rivers Museum since 1994 as a curator/lecturer, having previously held a lectureship at La Trobe University Melbourne. He has just been elected Professor of European Archaeology, Oxford. He has carried out fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Turkmenistan and various parts of Europe. He has published on museum collections, archaeology and colonialism and the links between archaeology and anthropology. He is currently starting a project on Englishness and one on late Iron Age art. Frances Larson completed a D. Phil. on the collection of Sir Henry Wellcome, which she is now writing up as a book. She continues to carry out research on the history of anthropology, museums and material culture.

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