San Francisco, CA
The American Schools of Oriental Research invites proposals for papers for a session on *Collecting and Displaying Ancient Near Eastern Materials in the Museum: Past, Present, Future* for the ASOR Annual Meeting, November 16-19, 2011 in San Francisco, CA
This session aims to bring together scholars and professionals interested in sharing ideas and discussing aspects of the history, current challenges, and future of collecting and displaying ancient near eastern art and archaeology in the museum institution. A wide range of approaches is aimed for, including aspects of the formation of early collections, changing educational values and the impact of ever-changing international regulations. Though papers on museum collections in the US will be of primary focus, comparative studies from transcontinental contexts including those of the countries of origin themselves are especially encouraged. The goal is to create a forum in which scholars and museum professionals at both junior and senior levels can present and openly explore their ideas, discuss research theories and methodologies related to museums. Paper proposals fostering trans-national, multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of the ancient near east in the museum environment are very welcome.