Flora E. S. KaplanProfessor Emerita of Museum Studies
Areas of Research/Interest
Non-Western art of Africa and the Americas; material culture, museum studies, political anthropology, ethnography of gender.
"Understanding sacrifice and sanctity in Benin indigenous religion." In Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity, ed. Jacob K. Olupona. London and New York: Routledge Press, 2003.
"Some Thoughts on Ideology, Beliefs, and Sacred Kingship Among the Edo (Benin) People of Nigeria." In African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings, and Expressions, ed. Jacob K. Olupona. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2003.
"Twice Told Tales: Yoruba religious and cultural hegemony in Benin, Nigeria." In Orisa Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yoruba Religious Culture, ed. Jacob K. Olupona. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
"Queens, Queen Mothers, Priestesses, and Power: Case Studies in African Gender," editor and contributor. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, vol. 810. 1997.
Museums and the Making of "Ourselves": The Role of Objects in National Identity, ed. Leicester University Press.1994; 2nd ed. 1996, 3rd edition, 1998/1999.
A Mexican Folk Pottery Tradition: Cognition and Style in Material Culture in the Valley of Puebla. Southern Illinois University Press. 1994.
Museum Meanings, book series co-editor with Eilean Hooper-Greenhill. London and New York: Routledge Ltd. The series explores the museum as symbol in Western society since the Renaissance; and analyzes the relationships between museums and their publics through a range of theoretical perspectives and interactions with artifacts, exhibitions, and architecture, including studies grounded in sites, identities, and communities. Nine books published; three in preparation.