Celebrating Ruth B. Phillips

Dr. Ruth B. Phillips (Professor Emeritus) began teaching at Carleton University in 1979 after receiving her doctorate from the University of London. An author of countless volumes and contributor to collections, a curator of exhibitions extending her ground-breaking work on Indigenous arts in North America as a post-doctoral fellow, Ruth’s career amounted to decades of dedication to her students, unparalleled departmental participation and a well-earned reputation as a revered researcher.

In honour of her years of knowledge production and committed service, members from the departments of Art and Architecture History, the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Arts and Culture and other former collaborators intend to pay tribute to Dr. Ruth B. Phillips with a special Festschrift as a space dedicated to reflecting on her research contributions across disciplines, institutions and for her colleagues to share in what ways Ruth impacted their research and professional trajectories.

The blog intends to center and engage scholarly debates to which Ruth has contributed over her extensive career. In 1997, Ruth was appointed the Director of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, where she worked with museum staff, and three First Nations partner communities and together developed an innovative plan for a successful renewal and expansion plan for a $41 million grant to the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the British Columbia Knowledge Foundation, and the University of British Columbia. returned to Carleton as a Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture in 2003. Established with funds from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She co-organized the Multiple Modernisms Project with scholars across the globe to inaugurate a comparative framework that stimulates research on modernist arts created by Indigenous and colonized peoples during the twentieth century. Additionally, together with Heidi Bohaker, our First Nations partners, and several other scholars, Ruth initiated the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures (GRASAC), which established The GRASAC Knowledge Sharing Database, creates digital access for Indigenous community members, academics and museums to heritage held in repositories around the world.

Based on the extensive scope of work and Ruth’s contributions to the field and her push for inclusion of non-Western art in museums means blog contributors address subjects include, but are not limited to: Global Modernisms, Indigenous Art, Global Art History, African Art and Critical Museology.

Blog entries will be reviewed by the event organizing committee, under the above themes and considerations, to create a cohesive body of scholarship and reflection dedicated to Ruth. The readership is intended as a repository for academics, archivists, students, museums, Indigenous community members and more to find a collective mark left by Ruth’s scholarship and interaction with colleagues, institutions and communities.



Cite this blog post
Birgit Hopfener (2023, April 2). Celebrating Ruth B. Phillips. Celebrating Ruth B. Phillips. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/vxbi

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