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Curatopia: Museums and the future of curatorship

Philipp Schorch and Conal McCarthy


What is the future of curatorial practice? How can the relationships between Indigenous people in the Pacific, collections in Euro-American institutions, and curatorial knowledge in museums globally be (re)conceptualised in reciprocal and symmetrical ways? Is there an ideal model, a ‘curatopia,’ whether in the form of a utopia or dystopia, which can enable the reinvention of ethnographic museums and address their difficult colonial legacies? This volume addresses these questions by considering the current state of the play in curatorial practice, reviewing the different models and approaches o ... More

Keywords: Museums, curator curating, anthropology, ethnography, Indigenous Native tribal, Collections, Exhibitions, research

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526118196
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526118196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philipp Schorch, editor
Head of Research at the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony - GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde Leipzig, Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden and Museum für Völkerkunde Herrnhut, Germany

Conal McCarthy, editor
Associate Professor and Director of the Museum and Heritage Studies Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

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Introduction: conceptualising Curatopia

Philipp Schorch, Conal McCarthy and Eveline Dürr

Part I Europe

Part II North America

Part III Pacific

13 The figure of the kaitiaki: learning from Māori curatorship past and present

Conal McCarthy, Arapata Hakiwai and Philipp Schorch

14 Curating the uncommons: taking care of difference in museums

Billie Lythberg, Wayne Ngata and Amiria Salmond


19 Curating time

Ian Wedde

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