Collections, Ethics and Responsibility will be an ongoing research program that is committed to a better understanding of how our collections were formed, the relationships that they embody, and the development of more ethical approaches to museum practices. With this focus we are interested in ongoing research on new practices for collecting, preserving and utilizing museum collections, on questions of ownership, authority and access, and on issues of restitution. Collections, Ethics and Responsibility will emphasize methodologies of co-creation: working closely with different stakeholder communities, including people from originating communities and other ‘local experts’. Working with stakeholder communities will form an important part of the research methodologies that the RCMC adopts.
In addition to research done by curators and other scholars, we will offer an ongoing research internship in this research profile.