Open Access Publication on Anthropology, its Colonial Legacies and Museum Practices Available Now

The book features a collection of essays by twenty one contributors

Left: Johan Muyle. L’impossibilité de régner, 2001
Photography by J.M.Van Dyck / ExitCongoMuseum

Right: iQhiya. Monday. Installation view of That, Around Which the Universe Revolves: On Rhythmanalysis of Memory, Times, Bodies.
Photo by Raisa Galofre / SAVVY Contemporary

Across Anthropology: Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial is out now through Leuven University Press and can be ordered in print or downloaded for free. The authors, a group of twenty-one artists, anthropologists, and curators, attempt to come to terms with the ways in which anthropology has been “ formulated, thought, and practised 'elsewhere' and 'otherwise'.” This investigation is achieved through ethnographic case studies from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland. Through interviews and conversation, authors expand on the geographies and genealogies of contemporary exhibition-making.

Featuring a preface by Arjun Appadurai and afterword by Roger Sansi, the collection examines where and how anthropology is troubled, mobilised, and rendered meaningful. With a focus on debates concerning nationalism and identity politics, the texts analyze the convergences of museums, curatorial practice, and Europe's reckoning with its colonial legacies.

The publication is supported by the Leuven University Open Access Fund. Visit their site to download the entire book.