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Adam Jaffer

Curator, World Cultures, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Adam Jaffer is Curator of World Cultures for Leeds Museums and Galleries (LMG) he is responsible for the research, display and interpretation of collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania an the Americas, and some parts of Europe. In 2019 he worked on the ‘A City and Its Welcome’ exhibition at Leeds City Museum and recently curated ‘Making Japan’ at Lotherton Hall.

I feel museums can be places for visitors to negotiate difference, in a relatively open, unpressured environment. They thus provide a unique way to learn about other cultures.

Prior to Leeds, Adam worked at the People’s History Museum in Manchester and for Birmingham Museums Trust.

Seminar One Provocation: Curating World Cultures  

Abstract: Focusing on the ‘A City and Its Welcome’ exhibition as well as my work at other museums, I will discuss the challenges and opportunities of working with different communities when creating exhibitions and gallery displays. Dealing with topics such as ‘Faith’, ‘Migration’ and ‘Colonial History’ I will outline the processes involved in the curatorial process and some issues of balancing different interests and presenting diverse histories.