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Joanna Ostapkowicz, PhD
Curator, Americas collections
My primary research interests are in the arts of the Pre-Hispanic Caribbean, with a focus on resource utilisation (specifically wood and cotton) and craft specialisation. Other areas of regional interest include the Pacific Northwest Coast where I have previously worked on a number of archaeological projects.
Recent and ongoing research focuses on pre-Hispanic Caribbean material culture from in depth studies of materiality to the history of collecting (15th-20th centuries).
Head of Ethnology, Asia collections
My interests focus primarily on collector and collection histories and alongside this contemporary collecting; both chiefly in the geographical and cultural areas of Tibet. I am particularly interested in understanding the processes of collecting in early 20th century colonial British India.
My major collections research project centres on the collection of Sir Charles Bell (1870-1945). I am also currently developing a programme of contemporary collecting that focuses on Tibet.
Zachary Kingdon, PhD
Curator, Africa collections
My previous research has focused on sculpture and the creative process among Makonde blackwood sculptors settled in Tanzania.
My on-going research explores the social and historical contexts in which a number of West Africans contributed numerous artefacts to the World Museum Liverpool collections between 1860 and 1916. I am particularly interested in the ways that African agendas and agency are reflected in the creation of the Museum's West African collection.