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Best of Material World Blog: Museums, Exhibitions, Archives, Memorials

– Compiled by Aaron Glass (Bard Graduate Center) 

Since its inception, Material World has treated museums and archives not only as repositories of material culture, but as material culture–that is, material products as well as producers of culture and social memory. As institutions, they are sites of collection and exhibition, acts that have their own material and materializing dimensions.

Here are some of our favorite posts about museums, exhibitions, archives, and memorials:

Graeme Were reviews the Musée du Quai Branly a year after it opened.

Anna Weinrich examines two permanent museum exhibitions in Australia featuring Aboriginal culture and collections by a foundational anthropologist, testing out the new museology against the politics of Aboriginal voice.

Diana Young discusses her curatorial efforts to enliven museum collections in dialogue with Aboriginal artists.

Bethany Edmunds reviews two British exhibitions of Pacific material, reflecting on the role of language in framing both historic and contemporary art and material culture.

Gabriela Nicolescu writes about the aesthetics and ideologies behind changing representation of peasant culture in the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant.

The History Rising project brings together artist and curator to explore the architecture and design of exhibition space, technology, and furniture.

Paul Williams investigates the global trend for museums memorializing atrocities.

In one of the innovative formats on Material World, a conference report details the papers given in a conference called “Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies, and Creativity.”

Matt Voigts discusses London’s vernacular “Ghost bikes” in the context of other urban memorials.

Anna Haverinen explores virtual memorials as means of mourning online.

Christopher Pinney writes about the salvaging of an individual’s photographic archive after monsoon flooding.

Corinne Kratz shares a link to an online archive of publications by Ivan Karp, one of our most prolific and insightful anthropologists of museums and exhibition practice.

And finally, I include one of my own book reviews to call further attention to Museum Pieces, the important 2011 publication by Ruth Phillips that brings togethers essays from her entire career working in and thinking critically about museums.

 

Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration

A Symposium at the Library of Congress

Sept. 26-27, 2013

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will hold a symposium entitled Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration on Sept. 26-27, 2013.

The symposium is free and open to the public.  Cultural heritage archives serve as valuable repositories of memory and knowledge that document the ongoing community-based creativity of individuals and groups. During the past decade, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the value and power of developing such archives at all levels, from very local and informal collections to large national and international repositories.

The Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities. It will also provide a forum for new voices to present and discuss emerging archival initiatives as well as case studies focused on several key topics for a public audience. The symposium will combine longer presentations by invited speakers with short papers generated through this call.

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CFP: Memories of Conflict, Conflicts of Memory International Conference

13- 14 February, 2013 Senate House, London
Memories of Conflict, Conflicts of Memory
International Conference
13- 14 February, 2013
Senate House, London

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short biographical note to the organisers at Jordana.Blejmar@sas.ac.uk and a.raychaudhuri@ucl.ac.uk by 1 November, 2012.

Organised by:

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies, University College London
Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory

There are very few facets of public and private life that are not affected by cultural memories of war and conflict. Recent academic scholarship has also been revolutionised as experts on literature, cinema, history, area studies, sociology, anthropology and many others attempt to theorise the memory-narratives of the last century marked by unprecedented totalitarian regimes, coup d’états, military confrontations, popular movements and what Alain Badiou recently called the passion for the real.

This interdisciplinary conference will examine the various ways in which memories of wars and conflicts of the twentieth century are constructed, resisted, appropriated and debated in contemporary culture. The conference will provide a space for dialogue and interchange of ideas among scholars researching on memory issues related to different regions of the globe. In particular, we are interested in discussing the tensions between local and transnational memory-narratives, official and subversive forms of commemoration, hegemonic and alternative conceptions of remembering.

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CFP: Archiving and Visualization of Intangible Heritage

NODEM 2012 Hong Kong
“Future Culture: [In]tangible Heritage | Design | Cross Media”
5 – 7 December 2012
A special session will be held as part of NODEM 2012, organised by DIHA (Digital Intangible Heritage in Asia).
The aim of this special session is to provide a platform for museum curators, educators, digital media specialists, linguists, designers and others in these related industries to present the challenges in their respective fields with a view to promote opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. We believe that collaboration at this level will spark major breakthroughs in highlighting awareness of intangible heritage in Asia.
Project abstracts are invited on all aspects from the following sub-fields including, but not limited to:
- curating intangible heritage in museums
- interface and design of digital media for the exhibition of intangible heritage
- meaning-making and the interpretation of intangible heritage exhibitions
- the role of language and cultural knowledge repositories in the conservation of intangible heritage
- innovative ways of accessing intangible heritage resources
Submissions are welcome from researchers, developers, curators and exhibition designers. Please submit your abstract (300 words) to diha@ntu.edu.sg by 1 August 2012. Participants will be notified about the status of their submission by 1 September 2012.
For more information, click here.