Colonial Legacies and Cosmo-optimal futures: dilemmas and potentials of ethnographic museums. lecture by Professor Macdonald

Colonial Legacies and Cosmo-optimal futures: dilemmas and potentials of ethnographic museums

24th of February, 5-6:30pm
Followed by a wine reception

S-1.27 Strand Building, Strand Campus King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
The lecture will look at the struggle that ethnographic museums today face as they address their colonial legacies. Drawing on a range of examples and debates, Sharon Macdonald will identify some of the dilemmas that such museums face and examples that highlight their potential for contributing to more cosmo-optimal futures.

Number of places is limited, please email by 20th of February to register.

The lecture will be preceded by a workshop with Professor Macdonald “Exploring methodologies: ethnography of culture- and memory-making in the city”.

This lecture is part of an event series on methodologies and interdisciplinary organized by the Cultural Memory Studies Reading Group of KCL’s Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) and German Department. The event is funded by the KCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities through the Small Grant for Research in the Arts and Humanities scheme (Group Events Grant) and KISS DTC.

Professor Sharon Macdonald is Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Social Anthropology in the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Anniversary Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of York. In Berlin, she directs CARMAH, the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage and the research programme Making Differences in Berlin: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century. She also directs the Contentious Collections work-package of the Horizon 2020 TRACES (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritage with the Arts) project and directs the Profusion theme of the Heritage Futures Project (2015-2019) funded by AHRC. Her recent publications include Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today (2013) and the International Handbooks in Museum Studies (2015).


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