Accepted paper:

Anthropology, art and art history

Authors:

Ursula Helg (Zurich University of the Arts)

Paper short abstract:

In my paper I will focus on transdisciplinary approaches to ethnographic objects, showing the dialogue of anthropology, art, and art history.

Paper long abstract:

A genuine interest for a possible dialogue of anthropology, art, and art history arised only in the 1990s, although there were communication links between the three fields long before. It became soon clear that transcultural approaches in art need transdisciplinary methods. Because artistic research was expanding into terrains reserved to anthropology and art history, the profile of these disciplines has faded. This is especially obvious regarding institutional critique and evaluation and interpretation of ethnographic collections in museums. In my paper I will focus on transdisciplinary approaches to ethnographic objects, showing the dialogue of anthropology, art, and art history.

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Anthropology of art: today and tomorrow