Research Themes

The RCMC organizes an annual program of events for scholars and the general public around five broad research themes:

Reparative Acts addresses ongoing questions surrounding the uses of the past in the present. This research area explores the relation between history and practices of ethnographic representation, questions of temporalities within ethnographic museum practices, as well as the politics of history, heritage and memory.

Collections Histories, Ethics and Responsibilities is committed to the further development of ethical and responsible approaches for the acquisition, care and display of our collections.

Digitality explores the impact of new information and communication technology on our lives, as well as on knowledge production, data storage and the consumption and dissemination of cultural heritage inside and outside the museum.

Materiality in an Interconnected World explores the cultural dimensions of globalisation, focusing on the mobility’s of material culture, global interconnectivity, and the underlying power dynamics. It explores how the meaning of objects, styles and aesthetic forms changes over time and space.

Rethinking (Re)presentation foregrounds our interest in research that critically engages with the politics of representation, focusing on the museum as a technology of representation or on the collections themselves.