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PhD workshop on Critical Curatorship - call for applications

News: Jan 24, 2014

Critical Curatorship: Objects, Archives and Collections in Ethnographic Museums

Critical Heritage Studies at Gothenburg University and the Swedish National Museums of World Culture, Gothenburg are pleased to announce a one-week PhD workshop to be held from 19th to 23rd May, 2014 in critical curatorship.

Although there has been intense review of ethnographic museums and their founding discourses over the past four decades, most often through analysis of exhibitions and public programs, the museological practices surrounding catalogues, archives and object magasins/storehouses have been subject to less scrutiny. This week long workshop in critical curatorship will skip over an examination of ethnographic museums’ much analysed public interface and instead go ‘behind the scenes’ to look at the deep ideologies rooted in collections and their archives and catalogues. Using historic material from the stores, students will explore the complications and possibilities of ethnographic objects within the shifting politics of the contemporary world.


The program is conceived as a series of masterclasses in practice and critical thinking, where workshop participants will reflect on: embedded (and submerged) colonial narratives; the possibility of decolonization; the reality of epistemic diversity; the politics of knowledge production; and the representation of conflicts and contests in the collections’ histories. Across the course of the week students will participate in a series of seminars, discussions and practice studios with renowned semiotician Walter Mignolo, Sami museum of Ájtte curator Sunna Kuoljok, acclaimed museum director and commentator Jette Sandahl and head of the Curatorial Department at the Tropenmuseum of the Netherlands, Wayne Modest.

During the week students will be required to make a 20 minute presentation of their thesis topic, attend the series of masterclasses and seminars and participate in the hands-on curating studios.


The week-long workshop is intended as a platform for a network of emerging museum professionals and academics and as such, applications from students in the fields of anthropology, art-history, history, archeology, museum studies, conservation and related disciplines are encouraged.

Please include the following in your application:

  • A 300 word cover letter stating why this workshop is relevant to your work

  • A 200 word description of your thesis topic

  • A letter of support from your supervisor stating that you will be credited with 5 points from your home institution. (Gothenburg University considers this week intensive to be the equal to 5 higher degree points but they will need to be credited by the institution at which you are enrolled)

Please email 
Christine Hansen or 
Adriana Muñoz with your application.

Visit the workshop's separate site for further information.


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