Please join us for the first of a monthly series of
 conversations on art and difficult subjects
Brown Bag Lunch Series in the M.A.H.I./ McGill Art Hive Initiative
Thursday, February 8, 12-1pm
Art Hive 1st Floor, Education Building,
McGill University
3700 McTavish
On Thurs. February 8th Shelley Ruth Butler (McGill, Institute for Study of Canada) and Jennifer Carter (UQAM, Director of Museology programmes and Professor in the Department of Art History) and project research assistants, will be the speakers at our Brown Bag Lunch series. Carter and Butler are affiliated with the Curating & Public Scholarship Lab (CaPSL) located at Concordia University – a research centre that translates academic scholarship into exhibitions, responding to critical social issues. CaPSL projects speak to the legacies of colonialism, genocide, slavery, and human rights abuses through the exhibition of (potentially) difficult subjects and imagery.
The talk will introduce the MAHI audience to the research project, “Beyond Museum Walls: New Methodologies for Public Dialogue Around Difficult History and Cultural Conflict” designed to support the creation and mobilization of knowledge via new methodologies for critical museum-scholar-community collaborations and engagement with difficult subject matter. With researchers and research assistants from all four Montreal universities, the project supports the development, debate, and dissemination of shareable pedagogical tools to engage scholars and publics in critical, creative dialogue with museums. 
For more information on CaPSL Curating & Public Scholarship Lab:
Jennifer Carter (PhD McGill University) is a critical museologist and historian of art and architecture. Her research focuses on the history and theories of museums, museum architecture and expography, and the museology of human rights and social justice. She has worked in museums and archives in Canada, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the Canadian Architecture Collection (McGill University). As curator, she has organized several exhibitions, including Drawing from Ideas, Building from Books: Architectural Treatises in the McGill University LibraryWomen and Homelessness, and Safdie’s Sixties: Looking Forward to Looking Back. Jennifer is Associate Editor of Museum Management and Curatorship, and a member of the Board of Directors of ICOM-Canada and the Montreal Holocaust Museum.
 Shelley Ruth Butler (PhD York University) is a cultural anthropologist who researches museums, curating, and heritage sites in Canada and South Africa. She co-edited (with Erica Lehrer) Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (MQUP 2016), and facilitates Curatorial Dreaming workshops for researchers, museums professionals, and community groups ( Her first book, Contested Representations: Re-visiting Into the Heart of Africa (1999 & 2011) is a widely taught ethnography of a controversial exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum.