Anthony Kolenic

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Professional Title

Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Department(s)

American Culture
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Provost's Office

About

I am an Applied Humanist; as Director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum the output of my research is not necessarily publications, but interventions and exhibitions across the lands and waters we steward, and what is more layered with of identities and power than relationships to land and the "natural world?" We are deeply engaged in work to decolonize ourselves and, to the extent possible, the spaces and holdings we steward, and also to disrupt the "expert as producer, visitor and consumer" model that other museums are working to exit (but to which living collections continue to cling without much self-criticality). That "producer-consumer" paradigm is, of course, a vehicle for continued cultural erasure and minoritization of non-dominant identities, reinforcing a patriarchal and white surpremacist alignment of "normal" as somehow "neutral."

 

Pronouns: he/him/his

Research Interests

humanities
natural sciences
mixed methods
community-based research
activism
art
violence (sexual/gender/other)
media