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Tipp-exing Histories: The museum and epistemicide with Marenka Thompson-Odlum

With Marenka Thompson-Odlum, University of Oxford 

 

Epistemicide – the action of erasing the infinite diversity of thought that can be found in all parts of what used to be the British Empire.  

Museums as an apparatus of coloniality have historically taken part in this action, often presenting the anthropological 'universe’ to the detriment of pluriversality. From literally whitewashing racist terms on labels with Tipp-Ex to privileging Eurocentric knowledge, language and classifications, museum objects have become agents of redaction.  
This talk poses the question, how do we decentralise the Eurocentric narrative to make museums and objects sites of a more pluriversal re-remembering? 

Marenka is a Research Associate at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. 

 

Date: Tuesday 22 February 2022 
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 
Venue: Zoom
Ticket information: free admission