Dr. Marisa Karyl Franz is a faculty fellow in museum studies at NYU. She works in the areas of intellectual history and religious studies with particular attention to nineteenth-century museums and the history of ethnography in the Arctic and Subarctic. Marisa’s work focuses on religious and magical materials in collections, local and community museums, and narratives of precarity and apocalypse. Her manuscript, Near and Desired Things: Desiderata and the Collection of Siberian Shamanic Materials for Local Museums, 1880-1910, examines how local Siberian museums were collecting and classifying shamanic materials in late Imperial Russia to consider Siberian identity, histories of exile, and the systems of ordering and desiring knowledge. Her new research is examining issues around the preservation of things that are intended to decay, to be destroyed, or to die—these include ritual objects, human remains, and ice.