Matters of Belonging: Ethnographic Museums in a Changing Europe [Hardback]

Prof. Dr. Wayne Modest(Editor); Nicholas Thomas(Editor); Doris Prlić(Editor); Dr. Claudia Augustat(Editor)

ISBN: 9789088907784 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 150p, H9 x W6.5, 25fc/16bw
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Matters of Belonging


Matters of Belonging foregrounds critical practices within ethnographic museums in relation to their diverse stakeholders, with a special focus on collaboration with artists and differently constituted, self-identified communities. The book emerges from the EU-funded project SWICH (Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage) that places ethnographic museums at the center of ongoing debates about Europe’s shifting polity and questions around heritage, citizenship and belonging. Addressing diverse political climates and citizenship regimes, legal frameworks and colonial/migratory histories, the articles seek to question the role of ethnographic and world cultures museums within contemporary negotiations of how to define Europe, Europeans, and European heritage, especially mindful of the region’s colonial and migratory pasts. The book is neither celebratory nor congratulatory, and does not depict a triumphal overcoming by ethnographic museums of their troubled pasts. Its aim is to think critically about these museums’ responses, to identify both pitfalls and positive developments, and to sketch out possible futures for museums generally, and ethnographic museums specifically, as they try to locate themselves within discussions about Europe and its futures. Core to the book’s argument is that it may exactly be in their entanglement with the colonial past that these museums can become important sites for thinking about colonial entailments in the present. Facing up to this past is the beginning of addressing these larger legacies. The authors suggest that the ethnographic museum has been the site not just for trenchant questioning of colonial durabilities in contemporary Europe, but also for the development of new practices – of collaboration and authority-sharing, of recognition and belonging. The book explores these models, not as complete, but as a starting point to push forward new practices.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of imagesIntroductionWayne ModestHeritageThe Museum Inside-out – Twenty ObservationsNicholas ThomasMuseums and Source Communities: Reflections and implicationsLaura PeersOur House is Made of Thin, Burning Ice. Let´s DanceSandra FerracutiOn Collaboration – the Making of the Afterlives of Slavery exhibition at the TropenmuseumRita Ouédraogo, Robin Lelijveld, Wayne ModestCreativityQuestions of BelongingAlana JelinekLove and Loss in the Ethnographic MuseumRajkamal KahlonEyes in the Back of Your HeadBianca BaldiI came as a StrangerAleksandra PawloffThe Long Walk: Following the Tick Ticking Sounds into the Unknown – Or the OmittedJacqueline Hoàng NguyễnInclusionShared Authority Matters: Collaboration with Heritage Bearers with Migrant BackgroundTina Palaić and Bojana Rogelj ŠkafarUncomfortable Memory and Community Participation at the Barcelona Ethnological and World Cultures MuseumSalvador García Arnillas and Lluís-Josep Ramoneda AigüadéThe Making of a Point of View: A Participatory Exhibition at the Pigorini Museum in RomeRosa Anna Di Lella – Loretta PaderniOut of Boxes: Touching Wor(l)ds, Moving PicturesUrban Nomad Mixes

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