A public Conversation with Jette Sandhal. May 4, 2014

Invited Talk

A public conversation arranged by Critical Heritage Studies, the Heritage Academy and Clandestino Institute. Across the late 19th and early 20th centuries European ethnographic museums amassed collections of objects from around the globe which were used to display grand narratives of human development. In their prime these museums were important institutions of education; today they are storehouses of material that bears witness to a problematic colonial past. How can we make use of these collections in the contemporary world, and should we even try? If not, what is the future for the mountains of objects and the institutions that house them? The renowned decolonial thinker Walter Mignolo and ground breaking museums theorist and professional Jette Sandahl have been invited to Gothenburg, home of the Museum of World Cultures, to consider these questions. In conversation with each other and the audience, our guests will discuss not only the future of museums and objects but the intellectual foundations underpinning the entire ‘ethnographic' enterprise. It promises to be a stimulating evening of reflection on a controversial issue. This event is part of the week-long workshop Critical Curatorship, organised by Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Gothenburg, with support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

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  • May 4, 2014

Location or Venue

  • Gothenburg, Sweden