Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Annual Speaker Series



Re-Pairing Lives and Things:

Creation and Connection


‘(Re?)Pair: Methods of Exploring the Interactions between People, Objects & Materials’

Kristin Otto, Indiana University

2 Oct 2019, 6:30 p.m., IC 4th Floor

The topic of repair is an emerging theme in material cultures studies that examines the many ways in which people maintain, care for, and/or alter objects over time. It responds to scholarly interests in materiality and agency, as well as general cultural concerns about the current relationships between people and the objects they consume. This talk will give an overview of the still-developing theme of repair in material culture studies, moves to focus on the study of repair in museum collections, and what evidence of repair can tell us about how people view cultural objects. Through a case-study of sowei masks from West Africa, Otto argues that repair is a forward-thinking process that continually reinterprets material in order to create new forms, identities, and value in diverse contexts.

Kristin Otto is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Bloomington,an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and a research associate with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.


‘Repairing Family and Community After Deportation’

Otros Dreams en Acción

4 Feb 2020, 4:30 p.m., IES 123/124

Youth leaders from Mexico and El Salvador highlight stories of youth engagement and the impact of deportation and violence on young people in Latin America.


’Human Remains in Museums: Addressing Painful Collection Histories through Conservation, Curation, and Collaboration’

Stacey Drake, The Field Museum

13 Feb 2020, 4:00 p.m., IC 4th Floor

While the general public often holds a great interest in viewing and engaging with human remains at educational institutions like museums, the ethical considerations surrounding collections of human remains are complex and ever-changing. In this talk, Dr. Stacy Drake, Collections Manager of Bioanthropology at the Field Museum, will highlight some of these concerns and illustrate some of the ways in which the Field Museum is working to navigate and mitigate potential cultural trauma caused by past collection methods through community engagement and collaborative curation efforts.

Stacy Drake is the Collections Manager for Bioanthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago. She served as Osteologist and NAGPRA Coordinator for the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in Austin before coming to the Field Museum in 2017, where she has worked to improve documentation and curation of North American human remains.


The speaker series is partially funded by generous donations from alumni and friends of LUC Anthropology. Contributions are greatly appreciated, and may be made here.