Abstract Birkbeck College
The ‘Colonial’ of Decolonising Collections: Some Strategies in French Museums
Nélia Dias (ISCTE-IUL, CRIA)
In the 21st century, the museum landscape in France was redesigned with the transformation of ethnographic and former colonial museums. This presentation seeks on the one hand to analyse the strategies that the Musée du quai Branly (Paris) and the MuCEM (the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations at Marseilles) adopted with the aim of dealing with the history of their collections. To what extent do the dominant discourses of both institutions compensate for past museum practices, and to what extent do they tend to elide the specific histories of colonialism into a global concern - cultural diversity?
On the other hand, the presentation aims to explore the diverse and complementary meanings underlying the term decolonizing museums. What is the exact content of the ‘colonial’ of decolonizing collections? What are the differences between the postcolonial museum and the decolonized museum?