Beyond Modernity. Do Ethnography Museums Need Ethnography?

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Beyond Modernity. Do Ethnography Museums Need Ethnography?

Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico « L. Pigorini », Rome, Italy

April 18th – 20th, 2012

There is no registration fee. If interested in attending please reserve by contacting:

Dr.ssa Elisabetta Frasca
Research Assistant, Ethnography Division
European Project RIME (Culture Program)
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico « L. Pigorini » – Piazzale Marconi, 14 – 00144 Roma –
Tel. +39 (0)6 54952245
Fax +39 (0)6 54952310
Cell. +39 3386904408


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

10.00    Registration of participants

10.30    Welcome and Institutional greetings

11.00    Opening speech, Luigi La Rocca (Soprintendente, Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico « L. Pigorini »).

11.15    « The Legacy of Ivan Karp », Elisabetta Frasca (Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico « L. Pigorini »).

11.25    Coffee break

11.45    Anne-Marie Bouttiaux (Musée Royale de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, « RIME » Project Leader), « RIME’s Ambitions: Rethinking Ethnography Museums in the Contemporary ».

12.10    Vito Lattanzi (Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico « L. Pigorini »), « Museums Facing Contemporary Challenges ».

12.30    Daniele Jalla (Executive Council, ICOM), « Beyond the crisis. Museums Towards 2025 ».

12.50    Questions & answers

13.30    Lunch

Session I – Ethnographic Museums: New Missions and Works in Progress

15.00    Introduces the panel and moderates the discussion: Dominique Poulot (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne).

15.30    Yves Le Fur (Musée du Quai Branly, Paris).

15.50    Jonathan King (British Museum, London), « The Limitations of Museum Ethnography: or the Problem of Ideas ».

16.10    Boris Wastiau and Steve Bourget (MEG-Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève), « A New MEG: Shaping the Future of Anthropological Research and Exhibitions in Geneva ».

16.30    Coffee break

17.00    Guido Gryseels (Musée Royale de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren), « The Renovation of the Royal Museum for Central Africa ».

17.20    Bénédicte Rolland-Villemot (M.U.C.E.M.-Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille), « Ethnography Museums: New Missions and the Reinterpretation of Collections: Towards New Institutions? ».

17.40    Klaus Schneider (Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt, Cologne).

18.00    Questions & answers

Evening: Dinner and special event

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Session II – Between Past and Present: Museums, Collections, Representations

9.30        Introduces the panel and moderates the discussion: Corinne Kratz (Emory University, Atlanta).

10.00    Elena Delgado (Museo de America, Madrid), « Museums as Sites for Reflection ».

10.20    Ken Ndiaje (Plus au Sud, Brussels).

10.40    Laura Van Broekhoven (Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden).

11.00    Coffee Break

11.20    Emanuel Kasharérou (Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou Nouméabaou, New Caledonia).

11.40    Jana Jiroušková (Náprstek Museum of Asian, African, and American Cultures, Prague), « The Ethnographic Museum as a Stage of Cultures Outside Europe ».

12.00    Lejo Schenk (Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam).

12.20    Carlo Nobili (Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico « L. Pigorini »).

12.40    Questions & answers

13.30    Lunch

15.00    Clare Harris (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford), « Ethnography and the Digitally Distributed Museum ».

15.20    Barbara Plankensteiner (Museum für Volkenkunde, Vienna), « Objects or People? Discrepancies of Focus in the History of the Ethnography Museum ».

15.40    Joe D. Horse Capture (The Minneapolis Institute of Arts), « By the People, for the People: Perspectives on Representing Native American Arts and Culture ».

16.00    Ruth Phillips, (Carleton University, Ottawa), « The Politics of Reconnection: Museum Collections as Sites of Indigenous (and Non-Indigenous) Cultural Recovery ».

16.20    Coffee break

17.00    Questions & answers

19.00    Special event

21.00    Dinner

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Session 3 –Themes for the XXI Century. Do Ethnography Museums Need Ethnography? (Part I)

9.30 Introduces the panel and moderates the discussion: Christian Feest (University of Vienna).

10.00 Xavier Roigé (Universitat de Barcelona), « Is Anthropology Interested in Ethnographic Museums? ».

10.20 Mario Turci (Fondazione Museo Ettore Guatelli, Parma), « What Happens to Ethnography in the Museum’s Embrace? The Expo-graphic Nature of Ethnographic Writing ».

10.40 Coffee break

11.00 Toma Muteba Luntumbue (Artist and Curator, Brussels).

11.20 Lotten Gustafsson (National Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm) and Klas Grinell (National Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg), « Un-Inheriting Modern Ethnography ».

11.40 Questions & answers

Session 3–Themes for the XXI Century. Do Ethnography Museums Need Ethnography? (Part II)

12.10    Introduces the panel and moderates the discussion: Sally Price (College of William & Mary, Williamsburg).

12.40    Ingrid Heermann (Linden-Museum, Stuttgart).

13.00    Marc Olivier Gonseth (MEN-Musée d’Ethnographie de Neuchâtel), « Ethnographic Data and Expographic Process: a Need for Interpretive Theories (Micro-Fieldworks, Transverse Analyses and Poetic Irony) ».

13.30    Lunch

14.30    Michael Rowlands (University College, London), « Digital Heritage Technologies and Issues of Community Engagement and Cultural Restitution in ‘New Style’ Ethnographic Museums ».

14.50    Vincenzo Padiglione (Università « Sapienza », Rome)

15.10    Questions & answers

15.30    Coffee break

15.45    Sandra Ferracuti (Università della Basilicata) interviews Pietro Clemente (Università di Firenze) and George Marcus (University of California, Irvine).

16.45    Questions & answers

17.15    Colloquium ends

20.00    Special Event and closing dinner


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