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Museum Ethnographers Group Annual Conference

Decolonising the Museum in Practice

Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

12th and 13th April 2018

Conference Organiser: Faye Belsey

The 2018 conference of the Museum Ethnographers Group hosted by the Pitt Rivers Museum explored and discussed some of the prevalent issues around decolonisation and what this means in practical terms for ethnographic museums and collections. The conference took an interdisciplinary approach to answering questions around belonging, identity and meaning making for contemporary audiences  by trying to answer some of the following questions:

How do Ethnographic/Word museums ensure that what they bring to society matters? Are our practices changing to ensure that what we programme, teach, collect and display is meaningful? What brings contemporary audiences to our museums and do we enable them to find inspiration, enchantment and knowledge that is of direct relevance to them? We are all grappling with the complexities of our institutional histories of collecting and representation but what does it actually mean to decolonise museum spaces and practices? 

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