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Dr Ian Fairweather


One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

My regional specialization is in Southern Africa and I have worked on the ways that contemporary postcolonial identity strategies are articulated performatively in Northern Namibia through religious participation, ritual and dynamic heritage reconstructions to effect a transformation in the politics of culture. My current work seeks to explore the relationship between the material traces of the missionary past and its production through performance in museum displays and commemorative events.

I am interested in religious behaviour, particularly in Christianity, and the ways that language and ritual form combine with material and sensory experience in religious performance to produce an 'affect' among participants

I am also interested in the public value of anthropology and have appeared on the radio four programme 'Beyond Belief'. I have been involved in a number of collaborative projects with the Manchester museum and I have acted as a consultant and speaker in public events . In 2009 I completed a research project funded by Renaissance North-west examining community experience of the culture of museums in northwest England. The project was a collaboration between myself as museum ethnographer and four amateur ethnographers who acted as ethnographer/narrators in films, describing their experiences of the museum culture'. 

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Manchester Museum

Environmental sustainability is a major element of all aspects of the Museum’s work. As a museum with large collections of preserved natural specimens and objects from human cultures, our Mission is:

As a university museum, the Manchester Museum uses its international collection of human and natural history for enjoyment and inspiration, working with people from all backgrounds to provoke debate and reflection about the past, present and future of the earth and its inhabitants.

Sustainability, Heritage, Heritage protection, Community, Public engagement