Workshop. Religious Heritage in Public Museums. Postcolonial and Post-Socialist Perspectives
RELIGIOUS HERITAGE IN PUBLIC MUSEUMS:
POSTCOLONIAL AND POSTSOCIALIST PERSPECTIVES
WEDNESDAY MAY 5TH AND THURSDAY MAY 6TH
International Online Workshop organized by the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains (LAMC-ULB, Bruxelles)
Conveners: Pierre Petit (senior researcher at the FNRS-ULB) & Ksenia Pimenova (postdoctoral fellow at the FNRS-ULB)
Keynote speaker: Benoît de l’Estoile (CNRS/ENS)
Many religious objects are now conserved and displayed in state-funded museums across the globe. In former Western empires the museums have been built through processes of colonial collecting often marked by violence. In the former socialist countries, museums manage the religious heritage acquired through forced nationalization. In both types of political contexts, the museums play nowadays an important role in questioning these controversial pasts, and are in the process of transforming their relationships with the confessional groups and the source communities.
The workshop brings together ethnographic case studies from various post-colonial and post-Socialist countries. Its participants explore the shifting practices in display and repatriation, the use of religious objects and symbols in museum narratives, as well as ritual relations to the museum objects. What do these practices bring to the understanding of the changing place of religion(s) in secular states? What do they tell us about the relationship between former metropolises and colonized populations? The workshop approaches the museums as hybrid places of secular-religious entanglements, and aims at developing the dialogue between the anthropology of museums and the anthropology of religion.
To attend the workshop, please register before May 2d. Registration form and detailed program can be found here: