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Robert Pontsioen

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    As a museum specialist, my long-term research goal is the explication of cultural phenomena and general issues in anthropological science through intensive ethnographic inquiry and the study of material culture. I investigate contemporary traditional craft production, with a focus on comparative understandings of making, the reproduction of craft skills, and strategies for cultural heritage promotion and preservation. My interests include rationales of artefact collecting and curating, support systems for traditional craft production, the anthropology of sport and play, and the history and aesthetics of Central and East Asian craft-arts.

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    Researcher, Smithsonian Institution


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    Research Output

    Durdy Bayramov: Life, Art, and Legacy

    Bayramova, K., Taylor, P. M., Pontsioen, R. & Balayeva, J., 2017, Toronto: Bayramov Publishing House. 221 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Retooling Traditions: Tools from Perry’s Japan Expedition (1853-1854) and Edo-period Tool Crafting Today

    Taylor, P. M. & Pontsioen, R., 2015, Tools: Extending our Reach. McQuaid, M. & McCarthy, C. (eds.). New York: Distributed Art Publishers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab

    Taylor, P. M. & Pontsioen, R., 2014, Washington, DC: Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Undiscovered Art from the Korean War: Explorations in the Collections of Chester and Wanda Chang

    Taylor, P. M., Merrion, T., Waugh-Quasebarth, J. & Pontsioen, R., 2014, Washington, D.C.: Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution. 60 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook