CfA: 2 Project Associates (PhD Students) «Museums and Controversial Collections», DL December 15th, 2015

The project ?Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies
of Heritage-Making in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Contexts? (HeMaMuse)
is looking for two doctoral students as project associates.

The two year project ? October 2015- September 2017 – is financed by the
Romanian Research Agency (UEFISCDI) and administered by the New Europe
College -NEC : in Bucharest. ?Museums and Controversial
Collections? is a young researchers? project developed to bring together a
pluridisciplinary team (political and legal anthropology, philosophy,
aesthetics, (art) history and museum studies) and to promote the
development of international research networks. The project will fund
fieldwork and research trips for associated doctoral students, but also
travel costs for conferences and other events related to their research and
to those organised by the project HeMaMuse. Associate members will be asked
to collaborate in the organisation of project events, including summer
schools and to help coordinate and edit publications.

Conceived in relation to a wider field of scholarship that has in the last
decades interrogated the role of museums in a postcolonial and
postsocialist context, the project?s main premise is to consider museums as
loci of memory and heritage, but also as fundamentally political places,
where the relationships between the past, the present, and the future of a
society are forged. It aims to consider a series of topical questions to
current museum practice: What is the relationship between the
postcolonial-era museum and the ?source? communities of the objects
exposed? How do/ can post-colonial museums deal with the legacy of the
colonial past? What interactions exist between the colonial archives and
current artistic practices? Moreover, the research will adopt and develop
the abundant post-colonial analysis of museums to the research context of
problematic museum collections in Eastern Europe. How can post-colonial
studies help understand museums in the post cold-war era? Can similar
practices be observed in these museums as they deal with very different,
difficult pasts? The aim of the group is to open the possibility of a
comparison between the case studies undertaken by each of the six members
of the team, including the two associated doctoral students. Studies
already concern the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest, the Museum
of Ethnography in Stockholm, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the British
Museum in London, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, the Royal Museum for
Central Africa in Tervuren, the Institute of the National Museums of Congo
in Kinshasa, the Iziko Museums of South Africa, and several national and
international networks and associations of museum professionals.

Doctoral students are invited to submit a research proposal either directly
related to their doctoral work or dealing with a subject related to the
project?s themes.

Applications (in English ou en français) can be sent to and before
December 15th, 2015. They should include a C.V., a research proposal (3
pages), a 2 page summary of the PhD research project if the topic is
different from the research proposal and a cover letter explaining his/her
interest in the project and describing the research or fieldwork for which
the applicant would like to obtain funding.

Project members:
Damiana Otoiu, Phd, project leader, lecturer in Political Anthropology,
University of Bucharest
Anna Seiderer, Phd, lecturer at the University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis
Simina Badica, Phd, curator at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in
Felicity Bodenstein, Phd, Postdoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches
Institut, Florenz.

Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to to and

*Damiana Otoiu*

*Political Science Department, **University of Bucharest *

*Fernand Braudel Visiting Fellow, Le LabEx «Pasts in the Present» *
ISP – Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (UMR7220)
Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
200 avenue de la République
92001 Nanterre Cedex

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