Wednesday 8th February 2012
Dr Marzia Varutti, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
“Negotiating Indigeneity: Museums and indigenous groups in Taiwan”

Wednesday 22nd February
Dr Sam Lackey, Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield
“Hepworth Comes Home”

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Wednesday 8th February 2012
Dr Marzia Varutti, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
“Negotiating Indigeneity: Museums and indigenous groups in Taiwan”

In Taiwan there are today 14 officially recognised indigenous groups – the 14th indigenous group was officially recognized in 2008, and several others are seeking recognition. In this situation, the representation of indigenous cultures is laden with political significance. Museums and other sites of cultural display (such as community centres, indigenous art shops, craft workshops, and local markets) have become prominent venues where indigenous cultures and identities are being displayed, and in the process, re-appropriated, re-interpreted and negotiated. This paper will examine the politics of representation of indigenous groups in Taiwanese national and indigenous museums, and other sites of cultural display, and critically discuss the impacts of such representations on ongoing processes of definition and regeneration of indigenous cultures.

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Wednesday 22nd February
Dr Sam Lackey, Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield
“Hepworth Comes Home”

Dr Sam Lackey will discuss the genesis and development of The Hepworth Wakefield. Opened in May 2011, the gallery is the culmination of over a decade of planning, the impetus sustained by a combination of factors. The significance of these factors (accessibility of the existing collection, a regeneration agenda, the gift of over 40 Hepworth sculptures) will be discussed in relation to the displays and The Hepworth’s operation as an organisation.

Sam Lackey is a curator at The Hepworth Wakefield. She previously worked at the Whitworth Art Gallery as an Assistant Curator and Curatorial Research Fellow. Before this she was Senior Research Fellow for the AHRC Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies, The University of Manchester and lectured within the Art History and Visual Studies department at The University of Manchester.

All seminars at 5-6.30pm in Mansfield Cooper 4.10 (see directions here).

All Welcome!

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