Religious Heritage in Public Museums

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Presentation

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.

 

  • When ?

Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6, 2021

 

This workshop will be organized online via Zoom, register HERE before 2 May 2021

For more information contact ksenia.pimenova@gmail.com

The program is available here.

 

Organisateurs : Pierre Petit (maître de recherche FNRS, chargé de cours à l’ULB) et Ksenia Pimenova (chargée de recherche FNRS) 

Comité scientifique :

CAUWE, Nicolas : chargé de cours invité à l’Université catholique de Louvain ;  directeur intérim des Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire ; chef du Département de l’archéologie nationale & Civilisations non-européennes aux MRAH ; conservateur aux MRAH

DUARTE CANDIDO, Manuelina Maria : chargée de cours à l’Université de Liège, directrice du Centre de muséologie, ULiège, Belgique

CHARLEUX, Isabelle : directrice de recherche au CNRS, Habilitée à diriger les recherches, Groupe Sociétés Religions Laïcités (UMR 8582: CNRS – Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes), Paris, France

MARILLA, Angelie : aspirante FNRS / LAMC-ULB, Bruxelles

NYST, Nathalie : chargée de cours à l’ULB ; coordinatrice du Service du Patrimoine culturel du Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ; membre de l’ICOM-UMAC (Comité international pour les musées et collections universitaires) ; coordinatrice du Réseau des Musées de l’ULB, Bruxelles
 
PETIT, Pierre : maître de recherche au FNRS et chargé de cours à l’ULB, porteur du projet

PIMENOVA, Ksenia : chargée de recherche FNRS / LAMC-ULB