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05.09. 2012

Conference: The Future of Ethnographic Museums

Pitt Rivers Museum & Keble College, University of Oxford 19. - 21.July, 2013

The conference will mark the completion of the five-year RIME project funded by the European Union, and involving ten major European ethnography museums. This conference aims to move the debate about the purpose of ethnographic museums in the post-colonial period forward and to envision new ways of thinking and working in those museums in the future.

What is the purpose of an ethnographic museum in the twenty-first century?
Who are they for and what should they contain?
Should ethnographic museums retain the evidence of their entanglement with the colonial past or prioritise the contemporary in their collections and exhibitions?
Who has the right to own and represent the material culture of others?
To what extent have new models of curatorial practice and anthropological theorising realigned the power imbalances of earlier eras?
How can such institutions respond to the movement of people and things in an increasingly transnational and transcultural world?

Registration for this conference will open in October 2012, when further details about costs will be available. However, places will be limited so please indicate your interest in advance by contacting: RIMEinfo@prm.ox.ac.uk

Further details will then be sent to you when registration starts.