University of Hertfordshire

By the same authors

  • Lucie Carreau (Editor)
  • Alison Clarke (Editor)
  • Alana Jelinek (Editor)
  • Erna Lilja (Editor)
  • Nicholas Thomas (Editor)
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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherSidestone Press
Commissioning bodyEuropean Research Council
Number of pages254
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9789088905896
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePacific Presences
PublisherSidestone Press

Abstract

Hundreds of thousands of works of art and artefacts from many parts of the Pacific are dispersed across European museums. They range from seemingly quotidian things such as fish-hooks and baskets to great sculptures of divinities, architectural forms and canoes. These collections constitute a remarkable resource for understanding history and society across Oceania, cross-cultural encounters since the voyages of Captain Cook, and the colonial transformations that have taken place since. They are also collections of profound importance for Islanders today, who have varied responses to their displaced heritage, and renewed interest in ancestral forms and practices.

This two-volume book enlarges understandings of Oceanic art and enables new reflection upon museums and ways of working in and around them. In dialogue with Islanders’ perspectives, It exemplifies a growing commitment on the part of scholars and curators to work collaboratively and responsively.

Volume I focuses on the historical formation of ethnographic museums within Europe, the making of those institutions’ Pacific collections, and the activation and re-activation of those collections, over time and in the present.

Research outputs

  • Knowing and Not Knowing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 'In Process'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Belonging

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Knowing

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Projects

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