Refocusing Ethnographic Museums Through Oceanic Lenses

ISBN: 9781988592398

Author: PHILIPP SCHORCH    Publisher: Otago University Press

Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses offers a collaborative ethnographic investigation of Indigenous museum practices in three Pacific museums located at the corners of the so-called Polynesian triangle: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; and Museo Antropológico Padre Sebastián Englert, Rapa Nui. Since their inception, ethnographic museums have influenced academic and public imaginations of other cultural-geographic regions and as a result, Euro-Americentric projection of anthropological imaginations has come under intense pressure. At the same time, (post)colonial renegotiations in former European and American colonies have initiated dramatic changes to anthropological approaches through Indigenous museum practices. This book shapes a dialogue between Euro-Americentric myopia and Oceanic perspectives by offering historically informed, ethnographic insights into Indigenous museum practices grounded in Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies and cosmologies. In doing so, the book employs Oceanic lenses that help to reframe Pacific collections in, and the production of public understandings through, ethnographic museums in Europe and the Americas. Following this line of reasoning, Refocusing Ethnographic Museums sets out to offer insights into Indigenous museologies across Oceania to recalibrate ethnographic museums, collections and practices through Indigenous Oceanic approaches and perspectives. This, in turn, should assist any museum scholar and professional in rethinking and redoing their respective institutional settings, intellectual frameworks and museum processes when dealing with Oceanic affairs; and, more broadly, in doing the ‘epistemic work’ needed to confront ‘coloniality’, not only as a political problem or ethical obligation but ‘as an epistemology, as a politics of knowledge’.

Bind: paperback

Pages: 264

Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm

Availability Date: 01-08-2020

Tags: Arts & Photography   History

© 2022 Nationwide Book Distributors