After much consideration SIMA will be postponed until the summer of 2022. This was not an easy decision. But given the realities of the upsurge of covid cases in the US, the uncertainty of the forecast for this spring/summer and what this means for the re-opening of Smithsonian museums, this is the best way forward. SIMA is and always will be an “in person” experience that involves participants direct access to collections and a variety of experts.
At the moment, we are working on plans for a virtual series of seminars focused on the methods and theories of working with museum collections. In this small way we hope to provide some productive spaces for graduate students, faculty and the general public interested in collections based work. We will announce our plans as they evolve.
In the meantime, I hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.
Joshua A. Bell, Director of SIMA
(Image - Aea plaits an akeke voa’a with a diamond pattern in the Purari Delta. Photo by JA Bell, 2010)