Curatopia: Histories, Theories, Practices - Museums and the Future of Curatorship. 6-7 July 2015. Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany.

As museums continue to change in twenty first century, the ‘figure of the curator’ appears to be in flux. What is the future of curatorial practice? Is there a vision for an ideal model, a Curatopia, whether in the form of a utopia or dystopia? The symposium facilitates intense thinking through ‘the figure of the curator’ and will be open to museum professionals, other academics and students.

6 July 2015 9:00am - 6:30pm

Dr. Philipp Schorch, Prof. Eveline Dürr, Prof. Gabriele Herzog-Schröder (all LMU Munich, Germany) Curatopia: Critical Perspectives

Dr. Hilke Thode-Arora (Five Continents Museum, Munich, Germany) Walking the Thin Line: The Exhibition From Samoa with Love? Samoan Travellers in Germany, 1895-1911. Retracing the Footsteps at the Five Continents Museum in Munich, 2014

Dr. Larissa Förster (Morphomata, University of Cologne, Germany) (with Dr. Friedrich von Bose (Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany)) Discussing Ethnological Museums: The Epistemology of Postcolonial Debates

Dr. Jette Sandahl (Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark) Curating Across the Colonial and Other Divides

A/Prof. Conal McCarthy (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) (with Dr. Arapata Hakiwai (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)) Learning from Indigenising Museologies: Models of Maori Curatorship Past and Present

Dr. Amiria Salmond and Dr. Billie Lythberg (both University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK) Where the Wild Things Are: Taking Care of Difference in Museums

Noelle Kahanu and A/Prof. Moana Nepia (both University of Hawai’i at Manoa) He Alo A He Alo / Kanohi Ki Te Kanohi / Face to Face: Curatorial Bodies, Experiences, and Meanings

7 July 2015 // 9:00am - 2:00pm

Prof. Paul Tapsell (University of Otago, New Zealand) Beyond Iwi: Curators as Object of Display

A/Prof. Bronwyn Labrum (Massey University, New Zealand) Curating Non-Indigenous History in a Post-Settler Society: Continuing the Mutual Asymmetry or Recognising Cross-Cultural Material Histories?

Dr. Fiona McDonald (New Knowledge Organization Ltd., New York, USA) At.óowu—Tlingit Treasure or Taxonomic Thing? Thinking through Current Possibilities and Protocols for Contemporary Inter-Cultural Collaboration, Curation, and Consultation in Alaska

Prof. Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center, New York, USA) Joining the Club

Registration: by 26 June 2015 (symposium and museum tour)

Location: Senatssaal, LMU Munich, Main University Building, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1

Museum tour: 7 July 2015 // 3:30pm - 4:30pm  Visit of Five Continents Museum’s Pacific exhibition (max 25 persons)


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