38. Conservation in the 21st Century with Sanchita Balachandran
Published March 19, 2018
13 min
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    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.

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    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
    10:30: Objects vs. Data
    13:03: Outro

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