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MUSEUMS AND KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION IN INCREASINGLY DIVERSIFYING SOCIETIES

20th Nordic Migration Research conference & 17th ETMU conference 12-14 August 2020, University of Helsinki

cfp, WORKSHOP 18: MUSEUMS AND KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION IN INCREASINGLY DIVERSIFYING SOCIETIES

Organizers: Anna Rastas, Tampere University and Leila Koivunen,University of Turku

 

This workshop investigates the roles of museums and other cultural heritage

institutions in knowledge production of past and present in increasingly diversifying

societies. The rise of identity politics among marginalized communities, anti-racist

interventions and activist projects on decolonizing museums as well as other projects

aiming at including marginalized communities’ perspectives in knowledge production

have forced museums and other heritage institutions to rethink their traditional roles,

their working methods and exhibition policies.

 

Papers in this workshop focus on changes in museum work and knowledge

production. How cultural heritage institutions have participated in re-writing national

histories in order to include ethnic and racialized minorities. How, and by whom, the

(future) histories of local ethnic and racialized minority communities should be

documented and archived? How co-curation and other collaborative methods have

been applied in heritage institutions in order to represent diversity and to contest

normative whiteness and exclusive practices that are still common in

culturalproduction?  What is the role of museum professionals, artists, and activists

with migrant, diasporic, ethnic, and/or racial minority backgrounds in contributing to

the transformation of heritage institutions? How the epistemic advantage of

minority/marginalized perspectives is acknowledged in museums? How ethnic, racial

and other boundaries are established, or crossed, in projects aiming at more inclusive

knowledge production? The workshop combines the theoretical frameworks and

research questions of the University of Turku History of Colonialism Research Group

(directed by Leila Koivunen) and the research project Rethinking diasporas, redefining

nations. Representations of African diaspora formations in museums and exhibitions

(directed by Anna Rastas, funded by the Academy of Finland for the years 2015-2020),

but we welcome papers focusing on museums and marginalized communities also

from other theoretical perspectives.

 

The deadline for paper submissions is February 29, 2020. All submissions through the

conference website: www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/20th-nordic-migration-research-

conference-and-17th-etmu-conference/call-for-papers