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Special section: engaging anthropological legacies. Introduction: Engaging anthropological legacies towards cosmo-optimistic futures?

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JournalMuseum Worlds
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Aug 2017
DatePublished (current) - 2017
Issue number1
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)95-107
Original languageEnglish


How to deal with the legacies of colonial and other problematic pasts is a challenge shared by most museums of ethnography and ethnology. In this introduction to the following special section on the same topic, the section editors provide an over- view and analysis of the burdens and potentials of the past in such museums. ey set out di erent strategies that have been devised by ethnographic museums, identifying and assessing the most promising approaches. In doing so, they are especially concerned to consider the cosmopolitan potential of ethnographic museums and how this might be best realized. is entails explaining how the articles that they have brought together can collectively go beyond state-of-the-art approaches to provide new insight not only into the di culties but also into the possibilities for redeploying ethnographic collec- tions and formats toward more convivial and cosmo-optimistic futures.

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  • archive, collections, colonialism, contact zone, cosmopolitanism, ethno- graphic museums, ethnology

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