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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Visualizing Ethnicity: Museum Projections


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 31 Aug 10:00 - 14:00


Room 2.104

Regarding the museum as a space of visual anthropology/ethnography allows re-examining a sequence of images and meanings that accompany the transition of an object from ethnic culture to a museum exhibition. An object (made, used, kept), its design (ornament, shape, colour), its image (photograph, video), the visual aesthetic and conceptual context of its display (publication, exhibition), and its ‘return’ back to actual and/or virtual reality constitute a trajectory (set of trajectories) of states and transitions of objects in cultural environment. Ethnicity and visuality are multiply, sometimes eccentrically, intertwined. The ethnic museum displays, open air museums, and ethno-parks particularly relevant to ethno-revitalization projects. The indigenous communities’ members are part of the staff of many ethnographic museums, and the museums themselves have become the centers of traditional knowledge and experience, their accumulation and storage for the preservation and use of the ethno-cultural heritage. A museum exhibit within the context of the ethnic culture may acquire various forms, and the ethnicity display can significantly differ from the ordinary demonstration of ethnographic items. The complex of identities is multiplied in web-projections. Cyberspace does not only reflect the real state of ethnicity, but it also gives rise to a new ‘net-ethnicity’ that has a vast, yet vague, potential. The virtual photo- and video-boom, including abundant selfies, opens new vistas for studying visual practices as a means to present and broadcast one’s identity. Projections to past and future, to different cultures and countries, to experiences and reflections of museums and exhibits are welcomed on the panel.


  • P 95.1
    • Prof. Golovnev, Andrei (Kunstkamera, Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography)
    • Ms. Koresawa, Sakurako (Tohoku University)
  • P 95.2
    • Prof. Golovnev, Andrei (Kunstkamera, Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography)
    • Ms. Koresawa, Sakurako (Tohoku University)

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It has been recognized in Japan that cultural institutions such as ethno-museums have strong connection with indigenous rights movements. However, little attention has been given to the fact that preserved ethnic culture in museums has gradually transformed their meaning by indigenous peoples through these movements. Focusing on a case study on “National Ainu Museum and Park”, this paper discu ... More
Presented by Sakurako KORESAWA on 31/8/2019 at 11:00
Visual culture as part of the current historical and cultural heritage today is an innovative resource of anthropology. In 1860s the scientific world of Russia has recognized photography as a new, accurate method of observation and research, revealing to the world a new documentary “language” of culture, which has become the starting point of visual turn in the Russian research field. The pict ... More
Presented by Dr. Ekaterina ROMANOVA on 31/8/2019 at 10:15
The rise of Islam and the Qur'an is one of the most demanded topics of Museum displays and exhibition projects. The Qur’anic ethnography is the new research area intended to give a more idiographic picture of the course of historical events related to the emergence of Islam, to provide independent evidence that allows, in some cases, to clarify the chronology of the facts and to date the texts a ... More
Presented by Prof. Efim REZVAN on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
The report is devoted to study of paintings of Beijing’s everyday life in the late Qing period. Scientists more often preferred textual and material sources, rather than visual materials. The author offers different approaches to the interpretation of visual materials, as the main source of the study of the everyday life in Beijing. The subjects of the paintings are investigated separately as in ... More
Presented by Polina RUD on 31/8/2019 at 10:20
A unique case of repatriation of ancestral Souls instead museum objects to the indigenous community occurred in the Museum of Institute of Ethnology in Taiwan. This long and interesting processes has been recorded with a video camera and edited into an ethnographic film “Returning Souls”. This paper traces the history and cultural meanings of the ancestral pillars of the Amis Tafalong tribe co ... More
Presented by Dr. Tai-li HU on 31/8/2019 at 10:35
This paper investigates the representation of childhood in ethnographic cinema, including the scientific movies, filmed among the indigenous peoples of the Russian North. The paper focuses on the documentary film Malen’kaia Katerina (Tiny Katerina. Ivan Golovnev, Ethnographic Bureau Studio, 2004), which depicts the childhood of a Khanty girl in northwestern Siberia. The image of a small girl, wh ... More
Presented by Dr. Ivan GOLOVNEV on 31/8/2019 at 12:55
The theme “museum and ethnicity” embraces the study of ethnic motives in museum building, the monitoring a role of museums in ethnic revival and inter-ethnic communication, as well as the analysis of the methods and projects ensuring the adequate “display of ethnicity.” If museum is a scene of visual anthropology/ethnography and an ethnicity is one of museum perspectives, its exhibit impli ... More
Presented by Prof. Andrei GOLOVNEV on 31/8/2019 at 10:40
Presented by Prof. Andrei GOLOVNEV, Sakurako KORESAWA
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