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Camille-Mary Sharp is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where she researches the relationship between Canadian museums and the oil industry.
She has shared her research at conferences internationally and has written for the Journal of Curatorial Studies and the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice. Recently, Camille-Mary developed and taught the course “Museums, Activism and Social Change” for the Master of Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto.
She is also a member of the Beyond Extraction collective, where she collaborates on efforts to investigate and critique resource extraction beyond traditional academic channels.
Towards Ethical Models of Cultural Funding
Museums around the globe are feeling the pressure to divest from fossil fuels. From artists to activists, museum communities have highlighted the incompatibilities between our institutions’ climate- and justice-oriented aims and ongoing sponsorship by companies like Shell or BP. Yet in the absence of structural changes to museum funding and forward-looking discussions of the entanglement between corporate interests and culture, how can museums prepare for the next wave of controversial sponsors, such as the mining companies currently heading the “green” energy transition? Tune in for a critical conversation about the limits of divestment and the need for alternative funding models.