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Dr. Philipp Schorch

Dr. Philipp Schorch

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Telefon: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9601
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9602


Project

Assembling the Transpacific: Indigenous Curatorial Practices, Material Cultures and Source Communities

Since the 18th century, the academic discipline of anthropology has emerged through scientific exploration and colonial expansion beyond Europe, as well as the establishment of ethnographic collections and museums in Europe. Ethnographic objects thus influenced academic and public understandings of other cultural-geographic spaces. The often resulting Eurocentric projection of anthropological imaginations has come under severe pressure while (post)colonial renegotiations in former European colonies, such as many Pacific nations, have caused dramatic changes to anthropological practices through Indigenous curatorial practices. The project 'Assembling the Transpacific: Indigenous Curatorial Practices, Material Cultures and Source Communities' shapes a dialogue between both situations through a multi-sited, collaborative ethnographic investigation of contemporary Indigenous curatorial practices in three Pacific museums (Bishop Museum Hawai’i; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Museo Rapa Nui, Easter Island). The project generates historically informed, ethnographic insights into ‘the figure of the curator’ as an agent of Indigenous knowledge production and community engagement across the Pacific. In doing so, the project presents Indigenous perspectives that assist in reframing the curatorship of Pacific collections in, and the production of public understandings through, ethnographic museums in Europe.

www.assembling-the-transpacific.ethnologie.lmu.de

Academic Career

  • 2017 to date: Research Associate, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2014 to date: Honorary Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia
  • 2015 - 2017: Marie Curie Fellow, European Commission, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
  • 2014 to date: Honorary Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia
  • 04/16 - 07/16: Visiting Fellow, Museum and Heritage Studies Program, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • 09/14-11/14: Visiting Fellow, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA
  • 2014 - 2015: Research Fellow, Thyssen Foundation, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
  • 10/13 - 12/13: Research Fellow, Lichtenberg-Kolleg – Institute of Advanced Study, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
  • 2012 - 2013: Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
  • 2006 - 2011: Research Associate, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 2007 - 2011: PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Memberships and Affiliations

German Anthropological Association (GAA), Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), Contemporary Histories Research Group (CHRG) - Deakin University


Teaching

SS 2017 Experimenting with Ethnographic Methods

WS 2016/17 Indigeneity in the 21. Century

WS 2015/16 Oceanic Worlds and Materialities

SS 2015 Introduction to the Anthropology of Oceania

Publications