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Doctoral School in Urban Anthropology, Heritage-making,
Uses and Museumification of the Past in Relationship to Nation-building,
Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town (July 27th - August 9th, 2017), DL: April 15th.
The process of heritage-making in the context of a nation (re)building is multifaceted. In periods of historical transition, challenges are many and the fragility of the political context is fertile ground for revisiting the representation of the past. To understand these processes, an interdisciplinary engagement with contributions from history, anthropology, archeology, political science, art history and museology is necessary. Interdisciplinary collaboration, however, is not always easy to establish within the existing research institutional framework, built around separate disciplines. The main goal of this winter school is to create a doctoral training space and interdisciplinary exchange between researchers working on heritage- making process, uses and "museumification" of the past in connection with nation-building, or, more broadly, the construction of identities.
The South African context is particularly rich and provides complex terrains for considering these issues as “a post-conflict zone whose relationships with the past and sites of memory and trauma are being closely scrutinized” (Meskell, 2012). Whilst Western Europe has long been considered as the laboratory of modern heritage practices, and Germany in particular as a fundamental example for the study of Geschichtsbeweltigung, recent historiography has shown to what an extent South Africa has become in the last decades the site of innovative theoretical approaches and practices (e.g. Nuttall and Coetzee 1998, Davison 1998, 2005, Legassick and Rassool 2000, Coombes 2003, Lalu 2009, Meskell 2011, Esterhuysen 2012, Hamilton et al. 2012, Hamilton and Skotnes 2015, Peterson, Gavua and Rassool 2015, to give just some examples) that are breaking new ground in finding ways of coming to terms with difficult pasts, questioning fundamental issues of authority and representation.
The winter school takes the form of specialized training in social science research, developed in collaboration with different institutional partners, scholars, artists and curators working on colonial archives, collections and memories. The first edition was held in Istanbul, at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA) (June-July 2016), the next edition will be held in Cape Town (July - August 2017) and the third one is planned to take place in Cotonou and Porto-Novo (2018).
Format of the winter school
The school has several components
• courses covering both the methodology of research and topics such as the history of museums / urban policies / archaeological research in South Africa. In addition to this “classical” format of courses and workshops, lecturers will engage in daily informal discussions with students to help them redesign their research project, develop interview guides, find references and documentary sources, etc.
• a practical workshop of visual anthropology (see bellow a short description)
• guided visits of the city (museums, contemporary art galleries and art centres, areas affected by contemporary transformations) and, if possible, guided visits to archaeological sites.
• field research project: teams of three students will conduct a research project (interviews, participant observation, research in the central or local national / private archives, etc.).
• a workshop of curatorial practice covering practices in the design of an exhibition, from the museographic project to the development of partnerships and mediation.
• The school will end up with the presentation of results of this preliminary research in a form chosen by the PhD researchers: an oral presentation, a scientific poster, a photo / multimedia exhibition (excerpts from interviews, video material), a documentary film project or a happening in a museum / artist's studio.
The courses and the PhD research projects will be focused on four main themes, namely: 1. Urban policies and politics of memory, 2. Museographies, 3. Contemporary artistic practices, 4. Archaeological practices.
1. Urban policies and politics of memory. The courses will focus on the representations of the past in the urban fabric of Cape Town. They will also address various methodologies to “read” urban space, including visual ethnography, perspectives from science and technology studies, etc. The intention is to invite students to reflect on how urban space itself (re)presents different historical narratives and builds the cultural memory of the city and the “nation”: How does one rebuild the (post)colonial, post-apartheid city in South Africa? How specific “sites” (places, key events in the history of colonialism, slavery, apartheid) become realms of memory (Nora) or, in contrast, places of forgetting, of political or societal amnesia?
2. Museographies. We invite doctoral researchers to question the process of rewriting, renegotiation, and appropriation of the past from museum collections (ie. Imperial, colonial, apartheid, etc.). It aims to help students understand, explore and develop curatorial practices for the display of historical, “ethnographic” or art objects. The lectures and museum visits will problematize the power- knowledge inherent in the construction of archives, the production of sources and their use for the writing of history.
3. Contemporary artistic practices: We will interrogate artistic practices operating in relationship with transformations of urban space, political or societal amnesia. By meeting contemporary artists and visiting museums and art spaces we will examine aesthetic, political and epistemological dimensions of the encounter between urban and museum policies and contemporary art.
4. Archaeological practice Finally, we can question the production of knowledge about the past through archaeological practices and the particularity of their history, the role that archeology plays in contemporary South-African society, and the various ways in which local communities engage with archeological sites.
Convenors: Felicity BODENSTEIN, Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac; Monica HEINTZ, Université Paris Nanterre; Damiana OTOIU, University of Bucharest ; Anna SEIDERER, Paris 8 University.
The courses and methodological workshops will be given by specialists in urban, political and visual anthropology, art history and archeology and urban geography. (Non-comprehensive) list of lecturers: Gruia BĂDESCU, University of Oxford & University of Cambridge; Simina BĂDICĂ, Museum of the Romanian Peasant ; Wendy BLACK, Iziko Museums of South Africa; Felicity BODENSTEIN, Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac; Patricia DAVISON, Cape Town (lecture and a site visit); Monica HEINTZ, Université Paris Nanterre; Cynthia KROS, Johannesburg; Damiana OTOIU, University of Bucharest ; Naomi ROUX, University of Cape Town ; Anna SEIDERER, Paris 8 University ; Alexander SCHELLOW, Berlin ; Catherine PERRET, Paris 8 University; John WRIGHT, Cape Town; Paul TICHMANN, Iziko Social History Centre, Iziko Museums of South Africa (lecture and a tour of the Slave Lodge Museum).
The visual workshop aims to visually capture the trajectory of socially engaged art in South Africa, from its social motivation (background), via its artistic conception and production, and up to its reception by the public. We shall start from several works of art of contemporary South African artists, and retrace, in dialogue with the artists, the social genealogy, the artistic and social engagement of the work, and its confrontation with the public. The intercultural dialogue between international students and South African artists in this context should provide a fertile ground for reflecting on cultural differences regarding social agendas, modes of social engagement, contexts of creation, aesthetics judgments, links with the local and international public. Each work of art will be the focus of a short video. Students will work in small groups, each group doing preliminary research and subsequent visual recordings on only one work of art and collaborate with only one artist. However, collective debates, performances etc. will be video-recorded, in order to provide material for an eventual subsequent editing in a short documentary film. Convened by Monica HEINTZ, Université Paris Nanterre, the visual workshop is organized in collaboration with local artists and researchers, e.g. Ri'aad DOLLIE,University of the Western Cape.
The doctoral researchers will have the opportunity to meet not only researchers (anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, art historians, etc.) but also artists, museum professionals, architects and urban planners. They will also benefit from the resources that will be made available by different local archives and museums. The PhD students will present and collectively exchange on their PhD research and on the field research projects.
After the Summer School
Doctoral researchers participating in the winter school will present the preliminary results of their field research and of the visual workshop at the end of summer school, through a public conference. They may become part of a multidisciplinary network of researchers that regularly organize courses / seminars / conferences organized within the framework of projects such as Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-Colonial and Post-socialist Contexts: http://www.nec.ro/research-programs/uefiscdi-cncs/te-projects/current/museums, or Glissements de terrain. Les collections muséales réinvesties par le champ de l’art contemporain, for instance the set of lectures Rewriting the Colonial Past: Contemporary Challenges of Museum Collections, taking place at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris: https://enseignements-2016.ehess.fr/2016/ue/1729//
They will be encouraged to continue the reflection on these issues as part of their doctoral courses and develop conference papers, articles, projects (individual or collective) of photographic exhibitions and documentary films.
In case there is an interest on the part of the doctoral researchers, the Francophone Research Regional Center for Advanced Social Sciences in Bucharest (the research cluster “Heritage making processes”) will provide its premises and a small budget for the organization of a photographic and/ or multimedia exhibition.
Selection of Participants:
Prospective students should send a brief presentation of their doctoral research (2-3 pages plus bibliography and sources) and a CV, in English, by April 15th, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be notified of our selection by April 25th.
Participation in the summer school is free, but the PhD students must cover their own travel expenses. Accommodation in Cape Town (shared double room) will be covered by the organizers. Some partner institutions (e.g. Paris 10 et Paris 8) partially cover the travel costs of the participation of their PhD students – please contact the organizers for more information. Additional funding (covering travel expenses) is available for students from the region. When sending your application, please indicate if you require such assistance.
Winter school supported and organized by:
Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-Colonial and Post-socialist Contexts project of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2368, New Europe College, Bucharest,
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Scandales de corruption politique et société civile dans les pays d’Europe centrale et orientale :
médias, lanceurs d’alerte, organisations civiques
Nouvelle Université Bulgare, Université de Bucarest, Université d’Avignon
Sofia, 9- 10 novembre 2017
Cet appel à contributions s’inscrit dans les travaux conjoints des équipes de la Nouvelle Université Bulgare, du centre Norbert Elias de l’Université d’Avignon et de l’Université de Bucarest dans le cadre du projet « Comparer la ‘corruption’ politique aujourd’hui dans les nouvelles démocraties » (17-AUF-ANCS-IFA, août 2016-décembre 2017) deroulé par le CEREFREA et la Faculté de Sciences Politiques de l’Université de Bucarest. Un premier colloque « Dénonciations et pratiques de corruption politique dans les nouvelles démocraties » a été organisé par l’équipe du projet de recherche à Bucarest en novembre 2016 réunissant des analyses pluridisciplinaires, de sciences politiques et historiques et qui a eu comme objet d’étude le rôle et les actions des acteurs politiques et des institutions dans la définition de la corruption, de sa dénonciation et de la lutte contre la corruption politique.
Nous invitons des propositions de communications en science politique, histoire, sociologie ou pluridisciplinaires sur les scandales de corruption politique et le rôle et les stratégies de dénonciation venant des acteurs de la société civile dans les pays d’Europe centrale et orientale. Les contributions doivent être centrées sur deux périodes : la période communiste ou après la chute des régimes communistes.
Sont délimités ici deux axes principaux :
Un premier axe : études de cas ou analyses comparées de scandales
Qui, quand, avec quelles motivations, quels moyens et dans quels objectifs dénonce-t-il un scandale de corruption ? Le timing d’un scandale de corruption politique est rarement dû au hasard. Il est souvent est lié à plusieurs facteurs dont l’épuisement des seuils de tolérance, l’instauration de nouvelles règles et normes ou le renforcement de nouvelles cultures politiques. Nous soulignons l’importance de l’analyse du contexte d’un scandale politique, des motivations et des objectifs des dénonciateurs, des moyens et du style déployés pour la « mise en scène » d’un scandale de corruption politique, de sa médiatisation, des stratégies et de la portée de l’acte de la dénonciation. Comme le souligne Olivier Dard, les scandales de corruptions peuvent avoir comme stratégie la dénonciation « au nom de la défense de valeurs morales » ; leurs fonctions varient aussi : « non seulement fustiger des dysfonctionnements, exprimer une indignation et réclamer des sanctions, mais aussi « faire le procès de l’ancien contre le nouveau, d’héritages nauséabonds qui referaient surface et qu’il convient de balayer » (Olivier Dard : 2014, 277-178).
Un deuxième axe : études de cas ou analyses comparées d’acteurs de dénonciations
Quand un acteur dénonce un scandale de corruption politique, s’agit-il de dénoncer un acte concret seulement ou de stigmatiser ses protagonistes, rejeter toute une culture ou famille politique ? Celui qui dénonce se positionne-t-il comme un acteur neutre, comme expert, ou s’inscrit-il et se revendique-t-il d’une position morale hors normes, politique ou idéologique ?
Nous délimitons ici trois catégories larges d’acteurs de dénonciations : les médias, les lanceurs d’alerte et des organisations civiques. En réalité ces acteurs peuvent se chevaucher et superposer mais chacune de ces catégories a ses propres caractéristiques.
Date limite de soumission des propositions : 31 mars 2017
Date de la décision du comité scientifique : 30 avril 2017
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Facultatea de Științe Politice a Universității din București (FSPUB) anunță lansarea competiției pentru acordarea celor 4 mobilități Erasmus+ finanțate de care dispune în anul academic curent. Concursul este deschis tuturor cadrelor didactice titulare ale facultății.
Aceste mobilități au rolul de a consolida și dezvolta partneriatele internaționale ale facultății, precum și de a crește vizibilitatea europeană a cadrelor didactice FSPUB.
Toate detaliile competiției pot fi accesate aici.
[CfA] SCOPE: Science of Politics - 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research
SCOPE: SCIENCE OF POLITICS – International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research is an annual joint session of workshops aimed at offering a space for academic exchanges on timely political research topics, as well as on the latest advancements within the discipline and the profession(s) of political science.
The 4th edition is organized by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest and will take place in Bucharest between 26 and 28 May 2017.
The organizers invite political scientists, as well as scholars from other related disciplinary traditions to reflect upon and the contemporary challenges of democracy and democratization in comparative perspective and in relation with the new global agenda on international development and security (read the full 2017 CALL FOR PAPERS, abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2017).
The conference includes keynote lectures by Laurence WHITEHEAD (University of Oxford), Cecelia LYNCH (University of California Irvine) and Erik-Svend SKAANING (Aarhus University), as well as a special round table on the state of the discipline focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by political scientists as both researchers and employees.
The event is supported by the research committees 13 (Democratization in Comparative Perspective) and 33 (The Study of Political Science as a Discipline) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA/AISP), as well as by the European Confederation of Political Science Associations (ECPSA).
The working languages of the conference are English and French. In order to facilitate the international dialogue, the use of English or French is strongly encouraged also for Romanian-speaking participants, whenever possible or needed throughout the event.
The best papers may be considered for publication within special journal issues or collective volumes with partner publishers.
Facultatea de Ştiinţe Politice, Universitatea din Bucureşti, partener în cadrul Programului CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies), anunţă alocarea de burse/mobilităţi pentru semestrul II, anul universitar 2016/2017, după cum urmează:
1 student/ 3 luni (sau 3 studenţi/1 lună) la Universitatea din Trnava, Slovacia
1student/ 1 lună la Universitatea din Ružomberok, Slovacia
1 student/1 lună la Universitatea Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski' Varşovia, Polonia
1 student/1 lună la Universitatea din Lublin, Polonia
În vederea selecţiei studenţilor doritori să participe la acest program, indiferent de ciclu (licenţă, master, doctorat) este necesară redactarea unui eseu pe tema relaţiei dintre etică şi politică de maximum 5 pagini, în limba engleză, cu menţionarea universităţii unde se intenţionează efectuarea stagiului.
Eseul va fi trimis până pe data de 15 ianuarie 2017 responsabilului acestui program, prof. univ.dr. Radu Carp (email@example.com).
După acceptare, aplicaţiile vor fi depuse online (http://www.ceepus.info/)
[CfP] "Reluctant Heritage: Revisiting Museums and Memory Sites in Central and Eastern Europe in a Transnational Perspective"
Reluctant Heritage: Revisiting Museums and Memory Sites in Central and Eastern Europe in a Transnational Perspective
4-5 November 2016
[DL: September 15th]
A troubled and segmented East-European history has given rise to a troubled and segmented museum history. Museums in Central and Eastern Europe have found themselves, time and again, faced with difficult and uncomfortable choices. Immediately after the Second World War, museums had to update their exhibitions in order to narrate radically different stories. One of the major changes also included exhibiting the socialist present, such as the accomplishments of the regime, and the recent past: the violent, revolutionary coming to power of communist parties all over Eastern Europe became part of the permanent exhibition of local and national museums. Museums also had to literally hide entire collections that were suddenly found inappropriate. After the fall of communism, these collections were brought back to museum halls (although much of their history, documentation and context had been lost) and it was time for the communist collections to become bothersome and thus be hidden or even destroyed.
The workshop seeks to explore the specificities of reaction to political and social change in the context of museums and heritage sites. Museums could be considered in terms of their historiographic and political foundations, as the outcome of mobilizations of a wide variety of actors who have contributed to their creation or their dismantling (museum professionals, architects, academics, public historians, victims’ associations and other cultural brokers). In some contexts, the heritage process has contributed to a discursive criminalisation of previous regimes – for instance the transformation of detention centres in museums or memory sites. In others, it has facilitated implicit forms of rehabilitation, under the guise of commercially exploiting the legacy – architectural, artistic, political – of the former regime. Finally, a significant number of museums and memory sites were faced with the challenge and task of reinvesting their collections with a new meaning and a new narrative, framed in new historiographies and nation-building projects.
Within this framework, our workshop will bring together contributions that respond to one or more of the following aspects, relating to the central concern on whether museum displays and heritage sites have been remade to conform to new scientific and political narratives/ agendas:
- will examine case-studies of metamorphoses of East-European museums and built heritage during the Cold War and in post-communism.
- will discuss whether museums are sometimes in the vanguard of social and political change or are they merely reacting to societal transformations.
- will analyse how museums and heritage sites have been mobilized to qualify, and at times to criminalize the socialist period
- will seek to highlight the emergence and circulation of heritage models at national, regional and trans-regional levels, evident in the museums established in former detention centres, in the management of heritage assets related to past dictatorial regimes, and in the reconfigurations of exhibitions in museums around the area.
- will expand the debate by bringing case-studies of transnational processes going beyond the European borders (with a particular interest in Latin America)
- will bring theoretical and methodological insights into the study of processes of heritage-making from a transnational perspective.
Please submit 300-word abstracts and a short bio (in English or in French) to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15th. The successful participants will be notified by September 20th.
While the conference will be bilingual, in English and French, no simultaneous translation will be provided.
Funds are available to cover the expenses (travel or accommodation) for a limited number of participants. Please indicate in your paper proposal whether you will be seeking this funding.
Gruia Bădescu, University of Oxford
Simina Bădică, National Museum of the Romanian Peasant
Nelly Bekus, University of Exeter
Damiana Oțoiu, University of Bucharest
The workshop is organized by the Regional Center for Advanced Francophone Research in Social Sciences (CEREFREA Villa Noël), University of Bucharest
and supported by the following institutions and projects:
- Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-Colonial and Post-socialist Contexts project of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2368, New Europe College, Bucharest.
- AHRC (Care for the Future) - LABEX Pasts in the Present joint funded project The Criminalization of Dictatorial Pasts in Europe and Latin America in Global Perspective, University of Exeter and Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique, Paris.
- Political Science Department, University of Bucharest.
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[CfP] Colloquium “In from the Cold: Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War”.
Colloquium “In from the Cold: Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War”, Bucharest, June 17, 2016
Colloque « L’Europe de l'Est, l'Afrique Subsaharienne et la diplomatie culturelle pendant la Guerre Froide », Bucarest, le 17 juin 2016
Organized by/Organisé par :
Le Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences Sociales (CEREFREA Villa Noël), Bucarest
In partnership with:
National Archives of Romania
Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Bureau Europe Centrale et Orientale
Portuguese Embassy in Bucharest
Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language, Portugal
Caio Simões de ARAÚJO (University of Geneva)
Iolanda VASILE (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra & West University, Timisoara)
Bogdan Cristian IACOB (New Europe College & Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Damiana OȚOIU (Bucharest University & CEREFREA)
Potential contributors should submit a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and a brief biography (no more than 15 lines) to the organizers (email@example.com, caio.simoes@graduateinstitute,ch), no later than May 1st, 2016, Documents can be submitted in either English or French.
Notification of acceptance will be sent out on May 5, 2016.
Facultatea de Științe Politice a Universității din București (FSPUB) anunță lansarea următoarelor competiții Erasmus+ pentru studenți:
1. Mobilități de studii 2016-2017, sem. 1 & 2
Selecția se face în cadrul FSPUB
Număr locuri disponibile pentru studenți FSPUB: 227 (8 doctorat, 94 master, 125 licenţă)
Număr de locuri finațate pentru studenți FSPUB: 39
Perioada de înscriere: 25.03-12.04.2016
2. Mobilități de practică 2015-2016, sem.2
Selecția se face în cadrul Biroului Erasmus+ al Universității din București
Număr de locuri finanțate pentru studenții Universității din București: 16
Perioada de înscriere: 25.03-15.04.2016
O sesiune de informare despre aceste competiții se va desfășura miercuri, 30 martie 2016, ora 10:00, sala P.P.Negulescu.
Vă semnalăm lansarea competiției pentru programele de burse și granturi pentru tineri cercetători și profesori invitați oferite de Institutul de Cercetări al Universității din București (ICUB)
Începând cu anul 2016, Institutul de Cercetări al Universității din București (ICUB), prin cele patru secțiuni ale sale (Științe Exacte; Științe Sociale; Științe Umaniste; Științele Vieții, Mediului și ale Pământului), oferă programe de burse și granturi destinate tinerilor cercetători, precum și un program de burse pentru profesori invitați, personalități de marcă în domeniile lor de cercetare.
Scopul înființării acestor programe este crearea unui mediu dinamic și atractiv pentru membrii comunității științifice locale și internaționale, care să contribuie la creșterea masei critice de resurse umane competitive, a numărului de colaborări internaționale și de publicații în reviste de referință.
ICUB a lansat trei anunțuri de burse și granturi:
Mai multe detalii despre programele de burse și granturi pot fi accesate pe pagina ICUB.
[CfP - International conference] What do Contentious Objects Want? Political, Epistemic and Artistic Cultures of Return
Call for papers: What do Contentious Objects Want? Political, Epistemic and Artistic Cultures of Return, Conference to be held at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max Planck Institute, Florence, October 21-22, 2016.
[DL: 1st of May, 2016]
Works of modern art, archaeological or ethnographic artefacts and human remains generally occupy separate realms in the museum world. Yet, the growing discourse surrounding claims on certain objects made to museums by former owners or communities of origin unite them in one very specific category. Their status appears unsettled as they are caught between conflicting desires and points of view. By bringing together scholars and practitioners dealing with case studies related to different types of museums and collections, this conference aims to facilitate a transdisciplinary engagement with the issue of returns (a term that encompasses here both restitution and repatriation questions).
One of the aims of this conference will be to ask how we might think about and historicize “contentious objects” as a category in its own right. Might it be considered alongside categories such as idols, icons, fetishes, totems, foundling objects and others discussed by J. T. Mitchell (2006)? What are the social, political and aesthetic dynamics that make objects contentious? How do property negotiations induce profound changes in the value and symbolic meaning of objects and their capacity to impact on post-conflict relationships? How does this process of remaking the museum challenge imperial and colonial constructions of knowledge?
In her foundational study, Jeannette Greenfield (1989) privileged the term “return” over repatriation or restitution, writing that it “may also refer in a wider sense to restoration, reinstatement, and even rejuvenation and reunification”. The physical return of objects appears as one aspect of a large set of practices. These revolve around an effective or projected movement that places museum collections in an essentially social and relational perspective, reshaping their rather exclusive relationship with the institution and tying them back to former contexts (Bouquet 2012; 152). “Returns” potentially unsettle not only the object’s perceived permanence of place but also the ontological and epistemological interpretations produced by the museum. Practices related to returns can be seen as new ways of asking “what do objects want?” As well as encompassing diplomatic and legal actions, they may also take the form of critical artistic expressions and museum displays that explicitly seek to draw attention to appropriation processes.
We welcome papers that look at the trajectories of specific objects or collections, analysing their agency as contested things. By focusing on the objects themselves, we hope to shift attention away from entrenched, often inherently ideological positions (Merryman, 2006). Focus will be placed on how “returns” are in fact changing museum ethics and knowledge systems; calling on new actors and forms of curation and « curature » (Hamilton, Skotnes 2014), producing objects with more hybrid or heterogeneous identities that question traditional ontological categories.
Taken in parallel, case studies from different fields and periods will hopefully allow us to approach some important questions: How can we understand historic cases of returns, from Ancient Mesopotamia to Post-Napoleonic France, in relation to the contemporary culture of redress? Can they be related to the evolution of the “guilt of nations” defined by Elazar Barkan (2000) as a post World War II phenomenon? Have the growing number of negotiations around human remains impacted on how we perceive the issue of ownership for other types of objects, i.e. can artworks also be perceived as unique bodies? What do negotiations around Nazi looted art have in common with the legal and ethical questions related to objects appropriated in colonial contexts?
Notice of application results will be given by the 1st of June, 2016.
Contributions to travel and accommodation expenses may be available for participants.
The conference is part of the activities taking place within the framework of the Max Planck Research Group “Objects in the Contact Zone – The Cross-Cultural Lives of Things”. http://www.khi.fi.it/4826975/troelenberg_objects
It is organized in partnership with the project “Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Contexts”, New Europe College, Bucharest: http://www.nec.ro/research-programs/uefiscdi-cncs/te-projects/current/museums
Eva-Maria Troelenberg, Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, director of the Max Planck research group “Objects in the Contact Zone – The Cross-Cultural Lives of Things”
Felicity Bodenstein, Postdoctoral fellow, MPI, KHI.
Damiana Otoiu, Lecturer in Political Anthropology at the University of Bucharest, director of the project “Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Contexts”, New Europe College, Bucharest.
Keynote: Bénédicte Savoy, Professor of Art History, Technische Universität, Berlin.
Barkan Elazar, The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices, New York : Norton, 2000.
Bouquet Mary, Museums: a Visual Anthropology, London, New York : Berg, 2012.
Greenfield Jeanette, The Return of Cultural Treasures, Cambridge, New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Hamilton Carolyn and Skotnes Pipa (ed.), Uncertain Curature. In and Out the Archive, Johannesburg, Cape Town : Jacana, 2014.
Merryman John Henry (ed.), Imperialism, Art and Restitution, Cambridge, New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Mitchell W. J., What do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images, Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.