P094
Re-imagining ethnological museums: new approaches to developing the museum as a place of multi-lateral contacts and knowledge (Commission on Museums and Cultural Heritage)

Convenors:
Kenji Yoshida (National Museum of Ethnology)
Mohan Gautam (European University of West & East)
Chair:
Kenji Yoshida / Mohan Gautam
Location:
201 B
Start time:
15 May, 2014 at 13:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The notion of the museum as a storage of tangible cultural property of the past is now outdated. The panel is to review new approaches in representing cultures and to identify more positive and productive use of ethnological museums in this and the coming age.

Long abstract:

The notion of the museum as a storage of tangible cultural property of the past is now outdated. The one-sided approach to ethnic cultures made by ethnological museums are under serious attacks, and museums are now becoming a space where bi-lateral, or multilateral relationship is constructed among those who are collecting/exhibiting, those who are collected/exhibited, and those who see and use the collection. Various new trials are now underway; among them are collaborative exhibition and collection management projects between museums and source communities, construction of community based museums, and realizing historical exhibition by incorporating memories of the visitors. The panel is to review these new approaches and to identify more positive and productive use of ethnological museums in this and the coming age.