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I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the universities of East Anglia, Sussex, Loughborough, and University College in the United Kingdom; University of Coimbra, Portugal, and at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I view teaching as part of a reciprocal learning experience, through which both teacher and student are mutually enriched. Classes and lectures are based on an informal workshop model to encourage discussion and are centered on intensive and shared reading. Exhibitions, films and novels are often recommended to help students deepen and widen their interest in a specific area of study. Courses are designed to provide an overview of the subject based on named sources and critical evaluations of competing interpretations. 

Recent Courses

Included here are some of the syllabi of courses I have taught at UBC.

ARTH 476



The course examines the historical entanglements and developments of complementary but distinct visual cultures in the southwestern United States, central Mexico, and Yucatan. It traces the role of art history and archaeology in defining specific historical styles and cultural cannons and their political mobilization through travel, popular writing, and exhibitions in the construction and contention of national and regional identities. It discusses varied Indigenous responses to European religious and cosmological thought and their appropriation in strategies of resistance and resilience against European and American colonization and neo-colonization.

CCST 502



This is an exploratory course that cuts across some of the main debates in museology to address diverse epistemological, sociological, and anthropological issues. The implications of these issues will be explored in relation to a wide number of exhibitions and projects in museums in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The subjects of this course range from the effect of neo-liberalism on museum exhibitions; the epistemological redundancy of some museum practices; the implications of virtual reality for physical object narratives; the effects of indigenous agency on institutional practices, nomadic aesthetics and identities, comparative versions of modernity, and skeptical approaches to empiricist based museum studies.

Anth. 541B



Museum methods question the very possibility of any unitary or overarching theoretical perspective or methodological strategy that can be described as specifically ‘museological’. The course critically explores various museological approaches, using specific institutional examples wherever possible,  to reveal the assumptions that underlie many of the core discourses that constitute museum and gallery practices and that define their relationship to the construction and contestation of national and regional identities and concepts of ‘patrimony’.  Through provoking a critical attitude towards museums and museology, the course seeks to provide participants with some of the critical tools to develop new genres of exhibitions and modes of public engagement.

Although I have only spent three years as a full-time teacher and researcher, in addition to my museum positions I have taught 56 courses at 8 different institutions (University of Loughborough; Brown University summer program/University of Oxford; Sarah Lawrence College summer program/University of Oxford; University of East Anglia; University of Sussex; University of Coimbra and the University of British Columbia) in the UK, Europe and North America. 

I have chaired or been a committee member for 19 grad students in total, 13 PhDs and 6 MAs.

Anthony - Olympus - Import Jan 2016 1414

Academic Positions

2017 – present

University of British Columbia, Canada

Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory 

  • Course: Advanced Seminar in Critical Museum Anthropology / Case Studies in Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

2004 - 2016

University of British Columbia, Canada

Professor, Department of Anthropology

  • Course: Advanced Seminar in Critical Museum Anthropology / Case Studies in Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

2001 - 2004

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology Co-ordinator, Research Group in Material, Visual and Performative Cultures 

  • Course: Museum Ethnography 1

  • Course: Museum Ethnography 2

  • Course: History of Anthropological Theory

  • Course: Comparative Ethnography 1

  • Course: Comparative Ethnography 2

  • Course: Space and Ideology in the Pre-Hispanic World

  • Course: Goods and Peoples in Latin America

2004 - 2011

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Visiting Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (part-time) 

  • Course: Space and Ideology in the Pre-Hispanic World

  • Course: Goods and Peoples in Latin América

  • Course: Museum Ethnography

1995 - 1998

University of Sussex 

University Lecturer in Museum Studies (part-time) Graduate Research Centre in Culture and Communication

  • Course: Critical Museology. MA

1993 - 1995

University of Sussex 

Lecturer in Critical Museology and Non-Western Art (part-time) School of African and Asian Studies 

  • Course: Critical Museology and Non-Western Art

1990 - 1991

University of Loughborough

Lecturer (part-time)

  • Course: Exoticism and Non-Western Art

  • Course: Pre-Columbian Art and Civilisation


University of East Anglia

Lecturer / Tutor, Department of World Art Studies (one term)

  • Course: Understanding Pre-Columbian Art

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