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To the rescue of minority groups. Gender, migration and racism in heritage and museums

Al rescate de los grupos minoritarios. Género, migración y racismo en el ámbito patrimonial y museístico

Al rescat dels grups minoritaris. Gènere, migració i racisme en l’àmbit patrimonial i museístic

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Published on Thursday, October 28, 2021 by Sarah Zingraff

Summary

The gradual transformation experienced by museums in the last few years has fostered the incorporation into exhibition spaces of social minorities hitherto barred from them due to their social invisibility, exclusion and marginalisation. Occidentalism and European-centred perspectives gave rise to decontextualised, distorted and racial exhibition criteria constructed from a biased view of otherness.

Announcement

Argument and topics

The gradual transformation experienced by museums in the last few years has fostered the incorporation into exhibition spaces of social minorities hitherto barred from them due to their social invisibility, exclusion and marginalisation. Occidentalism and European-centred perspectives gave rise to decontextualised, distorted and racial exhibition criteria constructed from a biased view of otherness. Ethnocentrism remains rampant. As a matter of fact, heritage is nowadays a victim of the past, as a social antiracism movement struggles to delete historical vestiges by vandalising public monuments. For example, in September 2020, the memorial to Sebastián Belalcázar in Popayan (Colombia), created by the Spanish artist Victorio Macho, was reported toppled to the ground by an indigenous crowd protesting against the figure of the conquistador. This was but one of the many incidents occurring in different countries worldwide that demand to be addressed urgently. Should the sculptures of figures who may arouse social conflict continue to be displayed in public spaces? How should this heritage be preserved and protected? Should an international protocol be implemented?

Likewise, the minority group formed by economic migrants also falls within the range of otherness. Whether this group may be accepted into or rejected by the countries, where they settle depends significantly on the respective States’ migration policies. While identities tend to fade in a scenario of assimilation and insertion, globalisation and multiculturalism ought to implement policies that secure cultural diversity in societies—something that not always happens. In this sense, the paper ponders whether migrant cultures are represented in museum spaces and whether they are incorporated into an integration process that promotes intercultural exchange.

The matter of gender in museums deserves particular attention because women constitute the central subject of many of the projects undertaken by female artists —despite their limited representation in museums, which has only recently taken place. Nonetheless, as a social minority group, other models of women who remain anonymous must also be examined. Thus, what are the viewpoint and approaches applying to thistopic in museums? Are changes being made to accommodate them in museum space? Are the initiatives launched by museums temporary and ephemeral or intended to remain in place for the benefit of long-lasting change?

Submission guidelines

Research papers, reflections, review articles, case studies, didactic experiences, project descriptions and reviews (of books, doctoral theses, exhibitions, etc.) are accepted. Priority will be given to those works that have a scientific and research focus.

Manuscripts can be written in Spanish, Catalan, French, English or Italian and will be submitted through the following link before April 15, 2022 :

https://www.raco.cat/index.php/Hermus/about/submissions

Manuscripts must follow the authors’ guidelines as well as the template, which can be downloaded from the same previous link. Papers that do not use the template formatand/or that do not follow the authors’ guidelines will not be considered. For more information, we invite you to visit the journal’s website:

https://www.raco.cat/index.php/Hermus

Coordination

  • Inmaculada Real López (Orcid ID: 0000-0003-3917-1088) University of Zaragoza.

Editors

  • Joan Santacana Mestre, PhD
  • Nayra Llonch Molina, PhD

Journal Her&Mus. Heritage & Museography

http://raco.cat/index.php/Hermus/index

https://www.facebook.com/hermus.museografia

https://www.trea.es/busqueda?busqueda%5Btexto%5D=her%26mus

Editorial Team

Directors

  • Joan Santacana Mestre, Universitat de Barcelona, Espanya
  • Nayra Llonch Molina, Universitat de Lleida, Espanya

Scientific secretary

  • Verónica Parisi Moreno, Universitat de Lleida, Espanya

Editorial board

  • Beatrice Borghi, Università di Bologna, Itàlia
  • Roser Calaf Masachs, Universidad de Oviedo, Espanya
  • Laia Coma Quintana, Universitat de Barcelona, Espanya
  • José María Cuenca López, Universidad de Huelva, Espanya
  • Antonio Espinosa Ruiz, Director de Vila Museu. Museo de La Vila Joyosa, Espanya
  • Olaia Fontal Merillas, Universidad de Valladolid, Espanya
  • Carolina Martín Piñol, Universidad de Barcelona, Espanya
  • Joaquim Prats Cuevas, Universitat de Barcelona, Espanya
  • Pilar Rivero Gracia, Universidad de Zaragoza, Espanya
  • Xavier Rubio Campillo, University of Edinburgh, Regne Unit
  • Gonzalo Ruiz Zapatero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Espanya

Advisory board

  • Leonor Adán Alfaro, Directora de la Dirección Museológica de la Universidad Austral, Xile
  • Silvia Alderoqui, Directora del Museo de las Escuelas de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Konstantinos Arvanitis, University of Manchester, Regne Unit
  • Mikel Asensio Brouard, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Espanya
  • Darko Babic, Universidad de Zagreb, Croàcia
  • José María Bello Diéguez, Director del Museo Arqueológico e Histórico de Coruña, Espanya
  • John Carman, Birmingham University, Regne Unit
  • Glòria Jové Monclús, Universitat de Lleida
  • Javier Martí Oltra, Director del Museo de Historia de Valencia, Espanya
  • Clara Masriera Esquerra, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Espanya
  • Ivo Mattozzi, Libera Università di Bolzano, Itàlia
  • Sebastián Molina Puche, Universidad de Murcia, Espanya
  • Maria Glória Parra Santos Solé, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Pepe Serra, Director Museo de Arte de Catalunya (MNAC), Espanya
  • Renée Sivan, Museum of the History of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jorge A. Soler Díaz, Dirección de exposiciones Marq-Museo Arqueológico de Alicante, Espanya

Date(s)

  • Friday, April 15, 2022

Keywords

  • musels, museum, migrant, other, minorities

Information source

  • Inmaculada Real López
    courriel : inmareal [at] unizar [dot] es

To cite this announcement

« To the rescue of minority groups. Gender, migration and racism in heritage and museums », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, October 28, 2021, https://calenda.org/925769

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