Henrietta Lidchi is Keeper of the Department of World Cultures, National Museums Scotland. She earned her degree at Durham University and her PhD at the Open University, in anthropology, development and cultural studies. Prior to working in Scotland she worked at the British Museum as a curator on the North American collections for eight years, working on temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries including the JP Morgan Chase gallery of North America. From 2007-2011 she devised the framework for development of six new World Cultures galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, leading several galleries. Publications include Imaging the Arctic (1998), Visual Currencies (2009), and more recently Surviving Desires: making and selling jewellery in the American Southwest (2015) the result of more than two decades of fieldwork.
Lidchi’s interest includes working on the histories of collections; practices of culture and display; questions of craft and craft practice and Native North American art and material culture. Her book chapter on ‘The Poetics and Politics of Representing Other Cultures’ has been extended and republished in Hall, S Evans, J and Nixon, S. (eds.) (2013) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, as has her graduate work on NGO photography in Rodogno, D. and Ferhenbach, H (eds.) Humanitarian Photography: A History (2016). Lidchi is Vice President of the Native American Art Studies Association and an Honorary Professor of the School of Political and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh. While at CARMAH she worked on special journal issue arising from conference presentations organized by CARMAH at EASA in Milan. She will also contributed to the strand of research called ‘Transforming the Ethnographic’, taking forward research on collecting practices, museums and the question of confinement and the relationship between museum anthropology and academic anthropology.