Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott (MA, PhD, FRAI) is the Senior Curator in Anthropology at MAA, responsible for collections from Africa, Asia, and Europe, and the Principal Investigator on the Digital Lab.

He has carried out ethnographic research in India, and his research interests cover South and Southeast Asia, focusing on historical anthropology and collections history as well as the development of museum collections and museum practice.

He has co-curated several major exhibitions at MAA including Assembling Bodies: Art Science & Imagination (10 March 2009 – 6 November 2010, with Anita Herle & Rebecca Empson) and Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond (28 May 2014 – 17 January 2015, with Hildegard Diemberger and Michela Clemente). He also curated the past exhibition Another India: Exploration and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia (8 March 2017 – 22 April 2018).

Mark teaches on museum history, exhibition theory and practice, and material anthropology and is co-editor, with Dr Liana Chua, of Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell (Berghahn, 2013).

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