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Aldama, Dulce

Cultural Heritage Librarian


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research overview

  • My research focus on the way interpretations of a pre-colonial past drives the formation of Mexico as an imagined community. I am interested in how foreign and local scientific travelers and intellectuals re-semanticize objects and create narratives based on the cultural materials they collected from indigenous societies in Mexico. I examine the ways by which these collections and interpretative narratives become institutionalized as cultural heritage of the nation. My unique epistemic approach uses museological theories to study the primary texts written by scientific travelers and deploys an interdisciplinary lens, including literary theory, to analyze exhibitions of cultural materials in Mexican museums. My interdisciplinary approach draws from museum studies, literary theory, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, anthropology, theory of objects, ethno-archeology, and theories of space.


  • Cultural heritage collections, humanities, museum studies, women and gender in galleries, scientific travelers’ literature, galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM), and decoloniality



courses taught

  • ARSC 4040 - Arts and Sciences Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Summer 2023
    Same as ARSC 5040.
  • MUSM 5021 - Selected Museum Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Summer 2023
    Provides framework for student projects on varied museum topics (e.g., ethics of collecting, data management, the museum's role in the community). Student projects include case study analysis, interviewing, and original presentations. Topics vary each semester. Department consent required. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.
  • MUSM 5031 - Museums and the Public: Exhibit Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Covers elements of exhibition development and design, up to production and evaluation of exhibit prototypes. The team approach is emphasized. Department enforced prerequisite: restricted to graduate students.
  • SPAN 1020 - Beginning Spanish 2
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Continuation of SPAN 1010. Attendance at the language laboratory may be mandatory. Department enforced prerequisite: SPAN 1010 (min. grade C-). Credit not granted for this course and SPAN 1150.


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