Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial
Edited by Margareta von Oswald and Jonas Tinius, preface by Arjun Appadurai, and afterword by Roger Sansi
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Reframing anthropology: contemporary art, curatorial
practice, postcolonial activism, and museums
How can we rethink anthropology beyond itself? In this book, twenty-one artists, anthropologists, and curators grapple with how anthropology has been formulated, thought, and practised ‘elsewhere’ and ‘otherwise’. They do so by unfolding ethnographic case studies from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland – and through conversations that expand these geographies and genealogies of contemporary exhibition-making. This collection considers where and how anthropology is troubled, mobilised, and rendered meaningful.
Across Anthropology charts new ground by analysing the convergences of museums, curatorial practice, and Europe’s reckoning with its colonial legacies. Situated amid resurgent debates on nationalism and identity politics, this book addresses scholars and practitioners in fields spanning the arts, social sciences, humanities, and curatorial studies.
Preface by Arjun Appadurai. Afterword by Roger Sansi
Contributors: Arjun Appadurai (New York University), Annette Bhagwati (Museum Rietberg, Zurich), Clémentine Deliss (Berlin), Sarah Demart (Saint-Louis University, Brussels), Natasha Ginwala (Gropius Bau, Berlin), Emmanuel Grimaud (CNRS, Paris), Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós (Paris), Erica Lehrer (Concordia University, Montreal), Toma Muteba Luntumbue (Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels), Sharon Macdonald (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Wayne Modest (Research Center for Material Culture, Leiden), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin), Margareta von Oswald (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Roger Sansi (Barcelona University), Alexander Schellow (Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels), Arnd Schneider (University of Oslo), Anna Seiderer (University Paris 8), Nanette Snoep (Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne), Nora Sternfeld (Kunsthochschule Kassel), Anne-Christine Taylor (Paris), Jonas Tinius (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
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Margareta von Oswald and Jonas Tinius
and the Savage Sublime
the Ethnographic : Anthropological Articulations in Museum and Heritage
are Investments in Critical Discomfort”
A conversation with Wayne Modest
of the (Non)Humanly (Un)Imaginable : Anthropological Estrangement and the
Making of Persona at the Musée du Quai Branly
Decolonising Anthropological Museums : Curators Need to Take ‘Indigenous’ Forms
of Knowledge More Seriously”
A conversation with Anne-Christine Taylor
Colonial Epistemologies in Berlin’s Ethnologisches Museum : Provenance Research
and the Humboldt Forum
Margareta von Oswald
the Mono-Disciplinarity of Ethnographic Museums”
A conversation with Clementine Deliss
Extraction Politics : Afro-Belgian Claims, Women’s Activism, and the Royal
Museum for Central Africa
Means to Cannibalise the Anthropological Museum”
A conversation with Toma Muteba Luntumbue
Collapse: Reframing Colonial Film Archives
Alexander Schellow and Anna Seiderer
A conversation with le peuple qui manque
Interventions in the Italian Post-Colony : The Scattered Colonial Body Project
Agents and Productive Refusals”
A conversation with Natasha Ginwala
Membranes : Hospitality, Alterity, and Anthropology in a Berlin District
happens in that space in-between and beyond this relation”
A conversation with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Kin : “Communities of Implication” in Post-Colonial, Post-Holocaust Polish
for a Post-Museum”
A conversation with Nanette Snoep
of Culture(s) : Articulations of the De/Post-Colonial at the Haus der Kulturen
der Welt in Berlin
We Come Together in a World that Isolates Us?”
A conversation with Nora Sternfeld
Trans-Anthropological, Anachronism, and the Contemporary
List of contributors
Visual constellations across the fields
Some lists to inspire the reader
Format: Edited volume - free ebook - ePUB
Publication: June 18, 2020
Jonas Tinius is a research fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Margareta von Oswald is a research fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Thomas Fillitz, University of Vienna
An extraordinarily rich and provocative collection of essays on the transformation of museums and exhibitions devoted to non-Western arts and cultures. Punctuated by interviews with path-breaking curators, the volume keeps us focused on contemporary practice—its real possibilities and constraints. The editors’ guiding concept of “trans-anthroplogy” avoids both defensive celebration and rigid critique. It opens our eyes and ears to the relational transactions, alliances, and difficult dialogues that are animating former anthropology museums today.
James Clifford, Author of Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the 21st Century