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Curating relations between ‘us’ and ‘them’

The changing role of migration museums in Australia

Andrea Witcomb

16 Curating relations between ‘us’ and ‘them’: the changing role of migration museums in Australia1 Andrea Witcomb I would also like to ask two related things … which have puzzled me since a brief visit to the museum some years ago. One is to ask if you want donations of crafts and small items used in households in South Australia during [the] last century? These are from the wave of first settlers, ie. Anglo-Celtic. The related question is whether the museum is mainly about the subsequent waves of settlers or is the history of the early mainly Anglo

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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 operating in different museums, galleries and cultural organisations around the world, and debating the emerging concerns, challenges and opportunities. The subject areas range over native and tribal cultures, anthropology, art, history, migration and settler culture, among others. Topics covered include: contemporary curatorial theory, new museum trends, models and paradigms, the state of research and scholarship, the impact of new media and current issues such as curatorial leadership, collecting and collection access and use, exhibition development and community engagement. The volume is international in scope and covers three broad regions – Europe, North America and the Pacific. The contributors are leading and emerging scholars and practitioners in their respective fields, all of whom have worked in and with universities and museums, and are therefore perfectly placed to reshape the dialogue between academia and the professional museum world.

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Bronwyn Labrum

furniture than objects that materialise migration, growing super-diversity or urban experiences – how do we rationalise and focus a diverse ‘catch-all’ set of historical objects? How do we include contemporary Pasifika experiences within Aotearoa New Zealand,13 whether in the rural South Island attached to rugby team franchises, or in Auckland, which claims to be the largest Polynesian city in the world? How can the global and local be collected and exhibited when they are so intertwined? For a post-settler nation like Aotearoa New Zealand, part of the explanation for

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Education, innovation and preservation

The lasting legacy of Sir Grafton Elliot Smith

Jenefer Cockitt

Egyptology is long overdue. The man and the reputation The work and ideas of Grafton Elliot Smith were extremely polarising both to his contemporaries and to those who succeeded him. His theory of cultural diffusionism was based on ‘the view that evolutionary development had occurred only once, on the banks of the Nile, and that civilisation had subsequently diffused from this single point’ (Burley 2008: 46). Although others, including  W. H. R. Rivers (1911: 389), had previously raised the notion that cultural ideas and practices were transmitted through the migration of

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Roger Forshaw

into Egypt. II  ‘Libyans’ in Egypt Conspicuous during the late New Kingdom, the Third Intermediate Period and subsequently an important factor in the rise of the Saite state was the movement and settlement of peoples from the west into Egypt. The ‘Libyan’ character of this era and its significance has been recognised only gradually but the steady rise of the ‘Libyan peoples’ to positions of major political power within the country had important long-lasting effects for Egypt. The consequence of their migrations and invasions would eventually result in many of the

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Ian Wedde

and in its mission statements that the work of ‘designing the future’ goes well beyond conserving cultural memory for consumption by future audiences. The project’s multidisciplinary goals are expressed in activist terms; memory is given explicit agency in a future imagined as potentially dystopian. Current global crises and transformations (from climate change to mass migration) highlight the need to develop more sustainable and resilient future making practices, and encourage different areas of interest to pursue common goals and learn from one another.4 ‘The

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Jette Sandahl

cultural riches from one side of the Earth to the other. His faith in the supremacy of scientific research surpasses any other consideration or claim, and justifies his entitlement, at gunpoint or by any other means, to claim as his whatever he desires. Erland Nordenskiöld was the founding figure of the collections which, in the twentieth century, formed the core of the new Ethnographic Museum in Gothenburg, and which, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as the challenges of globalisation and accelerated migration created a new political interest around the

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Thinking and working through difference

Remaking the ethnographic museum in the global contemporary

Viv Golding and Wayne Modest

uncontrolled migration and multiculturalism. The ‘people’ wanted their countries back. At the time of writing, several countries across Europe were preparing for national elections, with right-wing parties gaining in polls, although in the case of le Pen finally failing to achieve government power. In the UK a welcome and unexpected rise in the left vote, thanks to a surge of young voters, similarly failed to move the government, who continue to work on a Brexit agenda, which is an aspect of right-wing popularism. We concur with other commentators who have argued that the

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Rivers in pre-modern Ireland

Environment and economy

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Victoria L. McAlister

., 2002 ). Fairs were timed to coincide with the peak migration of herring past that point along the coast (Kowaleski, 2010 ). Flavin noted from the Bristol accounts that sailings from Ireland with fish tended to coincide with fairs, and to exploit the Lenten market. She noted that in one year thirty-one per cent of the annual trade with Ireland took place in the month of March, and seventeen per cent in just one day (9 March) (Flavin, 2004 ). These patterns are notable in the Chester accounts too. The biggest limitation to an examination of

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Katherine Fennelly

was a canny Leeds pipe manufacturer aware of a growing Irish market. The use of this pipe to the point of discard suggests that the user could have been Irish or had links to Ireland and, as such, took steps to assert his distinctive identity by using a pipe marked ‘Dublin’. Mass migration from Ireland in the mid-to-late nineteenth century as a result of famine, economic instability, and rural evictions brought many Irish people to the industrial centres of England and the United States. Historian of medicine Catharine Coleborne has