Radical Hope and Critical Change to Displays at the Pitt Rivers Museum: Human remains, tsantsa and community participation

Laura van Broekhoven, Maria Patricia Ordonez, Marina de Alarcon, Jeremy Uden
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19:00 - 20:30
Pitt Rivers Museum - Online Evening Conversation
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Lectures and seminars
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This is the first in a series of online conversations that engage with the concept of Radical Hope and recent critical changes related to decoloniality at the Pitt Rivers Museum and in the wider sector.

This online conversation will address what it means for museums like the Pitt Rivers Museum to engage with the legacy of coloniality that lies at the root of its collecting and display practices.

We will explore what possibilities might occur from thinking through the philosophical concept of Radical Hope together with local and global stakeholders, as a means for redress and a more pluriversal re-imagining of the future relevance of these museums.

In this first conversation, staff at the Pitt Rivers Museum will reflect on recent changes to our permanent displays resulting from an ethical review at the Museum in recent years. We will focus on the recent removal of the Shuar tsantsa (shrunken heads) as part of our ongoing collaboration with colleagues from the Universidad de San Francisco in Quito. We will share new video material of the removal process and newly curated installations, and there will be opportunities for audience questions.

This online lecture series at the Pitt Rivers Museum is appropriate for adults and young people and open to experts and beginners alike. There will be opportunities to ask the speakers questions during the event and we welcome feedback about how to improve our events.

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