38. Conservation in the 21st Century with Sanchita Balachandran

Image: Sanchita Balachandran. Photo Credit: James Rensselaer. Sanchita Balachandran, Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, hopes to see the field of conservation develop into more of a social process, rather than simply a technical one.From her 2016 talk at the American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting, to teaching her students how to interrogate an object in person, to her Untold Stories project, Balachandran has thought critically about the role of conservators. In this epsiode, Balachandran talks about her early formative experiences in the field of conservation and how whether or not someone’s history is worth preserving is a deeply political decision. Club Archipelago 🏖️ If you like episodes like this one, you’ll love Club Archipelago. Join Club Archipelago today to help me continue making podcasts about museums (and get some fun benefits)! Topcis Discussed: 00:00: Intro 00:14: Sanchita Balachandran 00:30: What Does a Conservator Do? 03:10: Early Formative Experiences 03:35: The Needs of Objects 05:35: Race, Diversity and Politics in Conservation: Our 21st Century Crisis (http://www.conservators-converse.org/2016/05/race-diversity-and-politics-in-conservation-our-21st-century-crisis-sanchita-balachandran/) 10:30: Objects vs. Data 13:03: Outro

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