Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Collaborative Projects

Research Projects & Educational Initiatives with Other Institutions.

The Haffenreffer Museum engages in innovative research projects and collaborative educational initiatives with institutions around the country, as well as in other parts of the world. These varied projects create new knowledge through innovative fieldwork and collections-based research, provide opportunities for students and faculty at Brown University and beyond, and strive to promote a continuous exchange of ideas between institutions.

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and the RISD Museum received grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for “Assemblages,” a four-year collaborative initiative focusing on the new and evolving field of object-based teaching and research. (2014 - 2017)
Since 1995, Robert Preucel has been collaborating with the Pueblo of Cochiti on the study of Hanat Kotyiti (Old Cochiti), an ancestral Cochiti mesa village in northern New Mexico. The project makes use of previous archaeological studies by Adolph Bandelier and Nels Nelson as well as Cochiti oral history to document social and ideological transformations.
HMA’s Associate Director, Christina Hodge, has published a co-edited volume with Christina Kreps called Pragmatic Imagination and the New Museum Anthropology. Authors share international case studies that operate at the interfaces of critical museology, anthropology, material culture studies, art practice, and more.
Archaeological and natural scientific investigations of Surtshellir cave, Iceland, led by Kevin Smith, Deputy Director of the Haffenreffer Museum, funded by the National Science Foundation.