Museum worlds (Berghahn Journals).
Museum worlds (Berghahn Journals).

Numret Museum Worlds: Advances in Research behandlar repatrieringar ur ritualperspektiv och innehåller förutom introduktionskapitlet "Introduction: Repatriation and Ritual, Repatriation as Ritual" (skrivet av gästredaktörerna gemensamt) även Lottens artikel "The Ritual Labor of Reconciliation: An Autoethnography of a Return of Human Remains".

Abstract

This special section of Museum Worlds explores the entire process of repatriation as a set of rituals enacted by claimants and museum staff: a set of highlighted performances enacting multiple sets of cosmological beliefs, symbolic systems, and political structures. Some of the rituals of repatriation occur within the space of Indigenous ceremonies; others happen within the museum spaces of collections storage and the boardroom; others, such as handover ceremonies, are coproduced and culturally hybrid. From the often obsessive bureaucracy associated with repatriation claims to the affective moment of handover, repatriation articulates a moral landscape where memory, responsibility, guilt, identity, sanctity, place, and ownership are given a ritual form. Theory about ritual is used here to situate the articles in this section, which together form a cross-cultural examination of ritual meaning and form across repatriation processes.

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