From July 19-21 2013 the Pitt Rivers Museum will hold the Future of Ethnographic Museums Conference.
The conference marks the culmination of Ethnography Museums and World Cultures, a five-year project funded by the European Commission to enable museums to exchange cross-cultural dialogue and share practice through a new group, the International Network of Ethnographic Museums. Since 2008 the initiative has brought together ethnographic curators, academics and social scientists to redefine their priorities in an ever more globalising and multicultural world.
Conference speakers include:
- Professor James Clifford (University of California at Santa Cruz): Keynote on The Future of the Ethnographic Museum
- Professor Annie Coombes (Birkbeck College, University of London): Making a Difference with Material Culture: reconciliation and remembrance in Kenyan community peace museums.
- Dr. Clare Harris (University of Oxford): The Digitally Distributed Museum and its Discontents
- Professor Corinne Kratz (Emory University, Atlanta): What Makes exhibitions Ethnographic?
- Professor Sharon Macdonald (University of Manchester [now York]): Cultural Difference: nationhood and the making of citizens in Europe’s ethnographic museums.
- Dr. Wayne Modest (Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam): Proximities: Ethnographic Museums in an Age of Mobility.
- Professor Ruth Phillips (Carleton University, Ottawa): The Knowledge of Ravens, or the Unfinished Work of the Ethnographic Museum.
- Professor Kavita Singh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi): The Future of the Museum is Ethnographic
- Professor Nick Thomas (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge): The Importance of Being Anachronistic.
Oxford ASPIRE was pleased to award 10 bursaries valued at £500 each to emerging museum professionals working in the UK with ethnographic collections
Applicants were asked to explain how attending the conference would benefit their personal professional development, how it would benefit their organisation, and how they would share their experience with other museums within their region. Bursaries were awarded to colleagues from a range or organisations including: Bexhill Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Horniman Museum, Museum of English Rural Life, Oriental Museum, Durham, Pitt Rivers Museum, Powell Cotton Museum, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove and Reading Museum. Successful applicants listed a variety of ways that attending the conference would support their museums, in particular providing insight and inspiration for upcoming projects and redisplays, and new online resources for ethnographic collections.
A preview article World View on the Future of Ethnographic Museums Conference has been published in the July/August 2013 edition of the Museums Journal.