Future Strategies and Practices

Last Tuesday and Wednesday (6-7 October 2020), we held the first of hopefully many workshops to come in order to discuss how to reconstruct and activate the Australian archive in the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. Our team ends this week on high note after having spent two days full of thought-provoking talks, fascinating research presentations as well as energising conversations that have given our project direction and focus.

We want to extend our special thanks to Professor Sandy O’Sullivan, who kicked off our workshop with their keynote lecture “Strategies for First Nations’ Communities in motivating museums to move beyond fear and assuagement” and generously shared their expertise in museum representations of and engagements with First Nations Peoples throughout our meeting. Stay tuned for the recording of Sandy’s wonderful talk, which we will post on the blog in the coming weeks.

To all the curators, creators, researchers and experts who joined us from across four time zones, we are deeply grateful for your intellectual generosity, critical feedback and practical advice. Specifically, we thank Katrin Böhme, Rebecca Carland, Tom Darragh, Vanessa Finney, Larissa Förster, Sarah Fründt, Mark Grist, Anna Haebich, Ina Heumann, Katja Kaiser, John Kean, Peter Monteath, Kimberley Moulton, Michael Pickering, Lynette Russell, Tim Stranks and Anna Weinreich. Within the short span of 48 hours, you’ve all helped bring this project forward by leaps and bounds.

Post workshop desk; photo by Anja Schwarz

We are now in the process of digesting all the invaluable points raised during the discussions. Our post-workshop desks are creaking under heaps of notes and newly amended to-do lists!

We look forward to our further discussions and collaborations in the near future.


OpenEdition suggests that you cite this post as follows:
Collecting a Continent (October 9, 2020). Future Strategies and Practices. Berlin's Australian Archive. Retrieved July 20, 2024 from https://doi.org/10.58079/n05i


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