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“Museums and Social Justice: A Lecture on Curatorship”

October 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join independent curator, institutional critic, and policy analyst Marian Pastor Roces in her public lecture, “Museums and Social Justice: A Lecture on Curatorship,” on October 6, 2023 at the UP Manila Theater.

The presentation first of all reviews the literature that in the last 5 decades critically locates the museum as an institution shaped by the colonial project of the 19th century and earlier. The collective postcolonial work on museums discussed, among other difficult terrains, the institutionalized acquisitiveness, the sustained will to classify and order knowledge from the point of view of the power to collect, and the ways the globalized recording systems organize knowledge—all aspects of the imperial imperative.

Against this global body of critical writing, the discussion shifts to probing these museological operations and their impact on societies being collected in bits and pieces, and absorbed into the museological archive. The historical injustice does not often constitute overt violence, but, in setting off forces of marginalization, begins and continues the long term dynamics of dispossession and abjectness. The presentation suggests ways of decolonizing museum operations today in order to come closer to social justice, no matter how late in the day.

Register now at tinyurl.com/MHISocialJustice. Walk-ins are welcome.

Source: UP Manila – Museum Of A History Of Ideas Facebook


October 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm