Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology

First Advisor

Christina Kreps

Second Advisor

Esteban Gómez

Third Advisor

Frédérique Chevillot


Anthropology, Beliefs, Exhibition, Manifestations, Museum


This thesis aims at better understanding and sharing the internal beliefs, influences, and insights of specific Field Museum staff in regard to exhibitions and the future of the Field Museum. It is people that make up museums and create exhibitions, and their beliefs not only influence and guide them, but also their institution and what they develop. Grounded in museum anthropology, and framed by new and critical museology, entanglement, contact zones, museum as method, and a queer mezclando (mixing) perspective, this research employs museum ethnography as a way of exploring relations and meanings among museum staff, beliefs, and manifestations. In the chapters to follow, I describe and share the internal beliefs of the Field Museum’s Anthropology and Exhibition Department staff on the future of the museum and the manifestations of these beliefs in exhibitions, as well as what this relationship may tell us about contemporary museum anthropology.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Manuel Ferreira


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

247 p.


Museum studies