We are pleased to announce the cfp for our panel ”Time and the politics of knowledge production in museum work” that will take place at the On Time: The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society to be held in Helsinki, Finland on August 29-30, 2019.
You will find the description of our panel below. Deadline for paper proposals: April 1, 2019.
The proposal should be submitted directly to both of the panel convenors: Anna Rastas ( ) and Leila Koivunen ( ) and it should comprise your name, the title and abstract of 250–300 words. Please include your university and contact information when submitting the proposal. Acceptance notifications will be sent by April 15th, 2019.
We are looking forward to your proposals,
Anna Rastas, Academy Research Fellow, University of Tampere and
Leila Koivunen, Professor of European and World History University of Turku
TIME AND THE POLITICS OF KNOWLDEGE PRODUCTION IN MUSEUM WORK
This panel discusses temporality as a fundamental dimension of museum work. The special focus is on the political aspects of the meanings of time in knowledge production in museums and exhibitions. Museums deal with objects deriving from the past and work in museums requires contextualizing information that has been collected decades or even centuries ago. Our understanding and interpretations of history create the framework through which we make sense of exhibitions as well as individual objects, texts and images displayed in them. The increasing ethnic diversity of museum audiences, discussions on decoloniality, the rise of identity politics, and other social and cultural transformations have inspired, and forced, museums to rethink their own history, collections, and working methods.
We invite papers that explore, for example, the following questions: How objects that were collected in colonial settings, or originate from outside the Western cultural sphere, have been interpreted and explained in changing historical circumstances? How representations of people and cultures change, and who has the right to tell how they should change when “other cultures” and people considered as “others” become part or “our culture? How do these changes affect museum work and the role of museums as cultural institutions? How the questions of ownership or repatriation have been dealt with in different museums? What kind of strategies of rewriting the history – or present, or future – have emerged? How to present different meanings of temporality in museological presentations of cultures and social phenomena?
You can find the conference website at:
And the call for papers at: