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

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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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