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What Can Museum Anthropology Do in the 21st Century?

09.06.2022 – 10.06.2022

Museum anthropology is one of the oldest sub-fields of anthropology, which was, especially in the German context, constitutive of the discipline itself. Yet it has long been neglected in academic research and teaching. This symposium sets out to draw museum anthropology back into anthropology, to address specific museological and also general anthropological concerns. Museum histories, theories, methods, and practices can be mobilised to expand on recent academic developments such as the material and ontological turns, hot topics such as colonial history and postcolonial critique, the indigenisation of disciplines and institutions, and emerging methodological interactions between anthropology and the arts, as well as the increasingly important interface between academic research and the wider public.

Participants include: Claudia Augustat (Weltmuseum Wien), Rainer Buschmann (CalState Channel Islands), James Clifford (UC, Santa Cruz), Mareile Flitsch (Völkerkundemuseum, Universität Zürich), Larissa Förster (German Lost Art Foundation), Diana Gabler (MARKK Hamburg), Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center/CAS Fellow), Bruno Haas (Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne), Taloi Havini (Independent artist, Brisbane), Katrina Talei Igglesden (University of East Anglia), Leah Lui-Chivizhe (University of Sydney), Sharon Macdonald (HU Berlin), Cristián Moreno Pakarati (Rapanui Pioneers Society), H. Glenn Penny (University of Iowa), Anne Salmond (University of Auckland), Anna Schmid (Museum der Kulturen Basel), Andrea Scholz (Ethnologisches Museum Berlin), Nicholas Thomas (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology/University of Cambrigde/CAS Fellow), Jordan Wilson (NYU), Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Birmingham).

Venue and Registration

The event will take place at the Museum Fünf Kontinente.

Registration is required for participation. If you are interested in our event, please contact us: E-Mail.