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Across Anthropology. Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial


Edited by Margareta von Oswald and Jonas Tinius, preface by Arjun Appadurai, and afterword by Roger Sansi

2020. Leuven University Press. 432 p. ISBN 9789461663184
Reframing anthropology : contemporary art, curatorial practice, postcolonial activism, and museums
How can we rethink anthropology beyond itself ? In this book, twenty-one artists, anthropologists, and curators grapple with how anthropology has been formulated, thought, and practised ‘elsewhere’ and ‘otherwise’. They do so by unfolding ethnographic case studies from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland – and through conversations that expand these geographies and genealogies of contemporary exhibition-making. This collection considers where and how anthropology is troubled, mobilised, and rendered meaningful.
Across Anthropology charts new ground by analysing the convergences of museums, curatorial practice, and Europe’s reckoning with its colonial legacies. Situated amid resurgent debates on nationalism and identity politics, this book addresses scholars and practitioners in fields spanning the arts, social sciences, humanities, and curatorial studies.