Here, we present past and completed research projects at the Museum of World Culture.
The State of Things - A window on cross-cultural research methodology
A research project based at the Museum of Ethnography and the Museum of World Culture and funded by the Museum Swedish Arts Council's Research Grants Scheme for Core Museums in 2011 and 2012. Adriana Muñoz at the Museum of World Culture led the project in Gothenburg in cooperation with the cultural heritage initiative and Museion at the University of Gothenburg.
The overall aim of the project was to acquire a method developing approach for the purpose of revitalising the research of objects and collections. In spring 2012, the Museum of World Culture was running a workshop and a round table discussion to which international experts were invited. The concept behind this project was to explore museum practice, management and interpretation of collections.
The workshop was held at the Museum of World Culture in March 2012. Participants invited were Juana Pailallef from Museo Mapuche in Chile, Sunna Kuljok from the Ajtte Museum, Barbara Paulson from the National Museum of Australia and Charles Tshimanga-Kashama from the University of Nevada. Participants from Gothenburg are Christine Hansen and Mikela Lundahl from the University of Gothenburg and Adriana Muñoz from the Museum of World Culture.
The concept of world culture
Museion at the University of Gothenburg funded this project, the aim of which was to discuss the meaning of the term 'world culture' within different disciplines. Participating on behalf of the Museum of World Culture were Klas Grinell and Adriana Muñoz.
The power of labelling
This project was funded by the Swedish Arts Council. Participants included Beatriz Loza and Walter Quispe from the city of La Paz, Walter Mignolo from the Duke University, Stefan Jonsson from the University of Södertörn as well as Adriana Muñoz and Klas Grinell from the Museum of World Culture. The project led to a report, film and exhibition.
In 2009, an in-depth study of the Nino Korin Collection consisting of objects from the grave of a Bolivian medicine man (Kallawaya) was carried out. The purpose of the study was to gain a greater knowledge of this particular collection but also to discuss important issues pertaining to the responsibilities of the museum as regards its interpretation of collections placed in its care.
The first issue discussed related to power, i.e. the power to collect, interpret and classify as well as to exhibit and convey objects on behalf of other people. The second issue related to classification and the way in which the museum interprets and labels objects while the third and final issue was about the increasing awareness of the concept of 'knowledge'.
The project was complemented with a ceremony at Hammarkullen in Gothenburg. The project was followed by the film producer Sergio Joselovsky, the documentary film of whom was completed and shown on our website in 2012.
Click here to read the full project report 'The Power of Labelling' (PDF-dokument, 888 kB).