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Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department

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Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2005

Museum studies journal to be housed in IU's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Nov. 4, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jason Baird Jackson, assistant professor of folklore and adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington, has been appointed as the next editor for Museum Anthropology, the journal of the Council for Museum Anthropology.

Museum Anthropology is the leading journal concerned with the study of museums and material culture. Jackson will assume his role in December, and the first issue of the journal under his editorship will be published next year.

The Council for Museum Anthropology is a section of the American Anthropological Association. Its members include art historians, folklorists, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists and others concerned with the study of the material world, with professional practice in museums, and with the role of museums in societies around the world. The journal is published in cooperation with the University of California Press.

"The Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology has worked hard in recent years to develop museum studies as an area of scholarly training and research," said Richard Bauman, Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the department's chair. "To have our colleague Jason Jackson serve as editor of Museum Anthropology and to house the editorial office of the journal in our department will make evident to scholars and practitioners throughout the world our commitment to this burgeoning field."

"Our excellent faculty here in the College of Arts and Sciences on the Bloomington campus are often called on to serve as editors for prestigious journals like Museum Anthropology, and we are pleased that Professor Jackson will be editing the journal here," added Joseph E. Steinmetz, executive associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "It is a sign of recognition for Professor Jackson by his peers. His editorship of this journal enhances the reputation of the institution and also enhances existing resources for museum studies in the College of Arts and Sciences on the IU Bloomington campus."

In the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, hosting the journal will advance its "public arts and culture" emphasis, which prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in museums, archives, arts agencies and other organizations concerned with the documentation, preservation and presentation of traditional arts and cultural heritage.

Each year, an IU folklore and ethnomusicology graduate student pursuing museum studies will serve as an editorial assistant for the journal.

Jackson came to IU Bloomington in 2004, after most recently serving in a joint position as assistant curator of ethnology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. His research centers on the traditional arts of Native American peoples in Oklahoma, as well as on issues such as intellectual and cultural property policy.

He has organized 17 exhibitions and is the author of numerous works. Between 1998 and 2004, he served as an associate editor for the prestigious Handbook of North American Indians, published by the Smithsonian Institution. He teaches courses in a range of fields including museum methods, cultural theory, material culture studies and the intersection of intellectual property law and traditional cultures.