Speaker: Paul Michael Taylor
April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Speakers: Biography

Paul Michael Taylor

Smithsonian Institution
Dept. of Anthropology, Asian Cultural History Program
MRC 112, PO Box 37012
Washington DC
20009 USA

Paul Michael Taylor, a research anthropologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, is Director of that museum's Asian Cultural History Program, and serves as Curator of Asian, European, and Middle Eastern Ethnology. He has written numerous books and scholarly articles on the ethnography, ethnobiology, languages, and art (or material culture) of Asia, especially Indonesia. He has also curated seventeen museum exhibitions, and served as the consulting anthropologist for five documentary anthropological films. The recipient of numerous international grants and awards, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies, and has been a longtime member of the Smithsonian’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Committee. As head of a Virtual Museum project, he oversaw the successful development of collection digitization efforts in Indonesia and the Philippines. His work with museum professionals from many countries includes an "International Partnership Among Museums" award from the American Association of Museums for a virtual exhibition project with the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Taylor also serves as Senior Consultant for Social and Resettlement Issues for the World Bank Inspection Panel.

Paul Michael will demonstrate By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Repatriating and Interpreting Multiple Voices, Sources and Media from a historic New Guinea Expedition. [Demonstration]