Amanda Brynn

2020-2021 Undergraduate Fellow

Biography

Amanda Brynn ’21 is a scholar, an archivist, and an artist whose work often emphasizes various historical and political entanglements between gender, sexuality, and queer memory, disciplinary histories of archaeology and ethnography, and colonial and imperial violence. In particular, she is interested in the history of pornographic museums, such as the British Museum’s “Museum Secretum,” which from the early 19th century well into the 20th held hundreds of objects deemed too “obscene,” “pornographic,” or “lascivious” to be housed with the rest of the collection. Her research asks about the roles of archaeology and anthropology in producing colonial pornographic imaginations, which kinds of objects (and, of course, which kinds of bodies) are deemed acceptable for display in public museum settings, and more broadly, how sexual pasts are constructed and curated across different media. She is pursuing concentrations in Archaeology and the Ancient World, Egyptology, and Modern Culture and Media (Track II: Production). Aside from her more traditional academic writing, she is also a leatherworker, an installation artist, and a parent to many, many funky little plants.