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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.130

Histories of museum collections from brazilian amazonia ans experts knowledge invoked along its way


  • Anouk DELAITRE

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Currently working on my PHD thesis in Social anthropology directed by Nicolas Adell at Toulouse university, I analyse the digital potential to spread around museum collections from the Amazonian case. This subject follows my postgraduate researches on ethnographical collections histories, understood as witnesses of exchanges and links between states, institutions and peoples. For this, I am part of the PHD workshop « Le musée comme terrain. Stratifications des héritages coloniaux » (CNRS, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris, ENS/ PSL Research University) mainly directed by Benoit de l’Estoile (CNRS). The amazonian inventory was personally done during my research internship at PALOC research center (UMR 208, IRD/MNHN, Paris) administrated by Pascale de Robert (UMR PALOC) and Lucia van Velthem (Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Belem, Para State, Brasil). I demonstrated the equal importance of the institution policies and the person, both deep-seated in particular contexts and networks, behind a museum collection . My work’s target was to select a list of interesting museum artefacts to be expertised by indigenous representatives (Kayapo and Baniwa). The meeting happened last spring 2018 with brazilian and french scientists during the research program “Collection des Autres et mises en mémoire : objets, plantes et récits d’Amazonie“ (COLAM, IRD/MNHN, Sorbonnes-Universités). I have assisted them expertising and offering new glances about museum collections inside reserves of Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Muséum de Toulouse, Ecomusée de Cuzals, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and Musée de l’Homme.