Vortrag im Oberseminar: „Globalizing Māori Treasures: Encounter, Travel, Virtuality“
Vortrag im Oberseminar
Dr. Philipp Schorch, Research Fellow, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, LMU
Globalizing Māori Treasures: Encounter, Travel, Virtuality
The Cook/Forster collection held at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany, embodies the first material evidence of the remarkable encounter between Pacific and European peoples in the 1700s. These artifacts materialize the moment when two worlds of meaning became entangled and mutually constitutive. The Māori concept Mana Taonga, which recognizes the living relationships between objects and people embedded in the knowledge system Mātauranga Māori, offers a fruitful Indigenous approach to investigate these historical processes and their continued legacies. Since the collection’s objects or taonga established relationships between Māori and European people, it is argued that the globalization of Mana Taonga and Mātauranga Māori began at that time and has made Göttingen an integral part of the Māori world. Reconnecting both sides of the encounter through research on the collection’s history and contemporary legacy allows us to awaken hibernating relationships between ‘here’ and ‘there’, now and ‘back then’, thus complicating one-sided accounts of museums and Indigenous people which dominate the literature.
Wann? Montag, 12. Mai 2014, 18 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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