The Centre for Curating and Public Scholarship is hosting an informal talk with anthropologist Richard Handler


From Place Royale to Colonial Williamsburg:

Ethnography and the Politics of Culture

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

5:00PM – 7:00PM

CEREV Exhibition Lab, LB-671.00

Concordia University

1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W


Richard Handler is a cultural anthropologist who studies modern western societies. His initial fieldwork was in Quebec (1976-1984) where he studied the Québécois nationalist movement. This has led to an enduring interest in nationalism, ethnicity, and the politics of culture, which he later pursued via an ethnographic study of Colonial Williamsburg, which is both an outdoor museum and a mid-sized nonprofit corporation.

Major publications include:

Critics Against Culture: Anthropological Observers of Mass Society (2005), The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg. (With Eric Gable 2000) and Nationalism and the Politics of Culture in Quebec (1988).

Space is limited. Please RSVP at as soon as possible.

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