Carleton University’s Prof. Ruth Phillips has been awarded the Council for Museum Anthropology’s (CMA) 2015 Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award.
Phillips is a professor of Art History, cross-appointed with the PhD program in Cultural Mediations in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture, and Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture Synopsis.
The award recognizes members whose careers demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have advanced museum anthropology and all nominations are evaluated based on the nominee’s impact on the discipline of museum anthropology, their service to specific museums, and their work in mentoring and influencing the careers of students and colleagues. As a member of Canada’s Task Force on Museums, director of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, and the founding director of the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures (GRASAC), Phillips has developed collaborations among universities, museums and Aboriginal communities.
CMA is an all-volunteer membership organization that serves anthropologists and museum professionals. The Council for Museum Anthropology is a section of the American Anthropological Association. CMA’s mission is to foster the development of anthropology in the context of museums and related institutions.
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