GLOBAL TRACES Conference: Art Practice, Ethnography, Contested Heritage

Registration is now open for the international conference 'GLOBAL TRACES: Art Practice, Ethnography, Contested Heritage',  at the University of Oslo, 7- 8 February 2019.

Organizer: Arnd Schneider, Department of Social Anthropology
Conference administrator: Eline Olafsrud 

This conference presents innovative and creative ethnographic perspectives on the intersection between art, anthropology and contested cultural heritage. One part of the conference will showcase ethnographic work with TRACES: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-Production” (EU Horizon 2020 programme, 2016 – 2019,, whilst the other contributions provide global and post/de-colonial counterpoints to the ‘European’ settings of TRACES.  The purpose of the conference is to open for a critical dialogue with TRACES. Thus, as in our work with TRACES, we are particularly interested in presentations that focus on notions of serendipity, artistic process/production, and relationality in their research with global contested heritage.

Link to more information on speakers and abstracts

Thursday 7 February

9.30 – 10.00 Registration
Vilhelm Bjerknes hus, outside auditorium 1

10.00  - 12.00 TRACES: Reports from the Field
Vilhelm Bjerknes hus, auditorium 1
                       Chair: Marion Hamm
                          Arnd Schneider, Leone Contini, Matei Bellu, Katarzyna Maniak,                                 Blaz Bajic, Aglaja Kempinski, Laura McAtackney.

12.00 – 13.30 lunch

13.30-15.30 Session 1
Chair: Elisabeth Schober
Kristine Bonnevies hus, auditorium 3
Wenzel Geissler - "The entomology of ethnology. Subtle hunting and the anthropology of the trace.”
Nadine Wanono –  “Voices from the archives.”
Valentina Bonifacio –“Destiempo: dynamogram of Puerto Casado (Paraguay).”
Christian Sørhaug, Kjartan Fønstelien and Serge von Arx –“Our Gruesome Cultural Heritage” Cultural heritage plays a central role in   contemporary   efforts at nation building.

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.30 Keynote Prof. Khadija von Zinnenburg-Caroll – “Cook's New Clothes         and the Reparation of Fragile Times”.  This keynote will explore the relationship between art practice and ethnography in the context of two contested repatriation claims.
Chair: Paul Wenzel Geissler

Eilert Sundts hus, auditorium 7


Friday 8 February

10.00-12.00 Session 2     
Chair: Klaus Schöneberger
Sophus Bugges hus, auditorium 1

Kris Rutten – “Exploring European identification and division through cultural heritage.”
Eleana Yalouri – “Negotiating difficult relationships: contemporary artists engaging with classical Greek heritage.”
Michaela Schäuble and Anja Dreschke – “Tracing Tarantism – An ethnographic study of an Apulian ritual between art performance and cultural heritage.”
Bernard Müller – “What to do with the spoils of the colonial wars? The (“ethnographic”) object as ticking time bomb and the artist as artificer.”
Alyssa Grossman – “A Catalogue of Useless Rocks.”

12.00 – 13.30 lunch

13.30 – 15.30 Session 3                                                         Session     4                                                                                       

Session 3
Chair: Suzana Milevska 
Kristine Bonnevies hus,  auditorium 3 
Session 4
Chair: Anna Szöke
Kristine Bonnevies hus,   auditorium 2
Janine Prins - "The (dis)comfort of things." John Manton - "The Leprosy Centre, Uzuakoli. The failure of paper and persistence of sound."
Cathy Greenhalgh - “The Warp and Weft of Contested Cotton Stories:film as a bridge between museums in the UK, India and Poland.” Sorayut Aiemueayt – “The Vernacular aesthetics and the pictorial digital ethnography in Malaysian Tamil community.”
Rubén Guzmán – “The Noise of Time: navigating the periphery of anthropological experimental essay film” Jean Delsaux and Pascale Weber – “Travel and creation within and against globalization.”
Petra Rethmann – “Chto delat’s memorial history, or, monuments for the left?” Mischa Twitchin – “Time Crystals.”
Tracy Mackenna – “The Artist and the Collector: storytelling and official narratives” Elizabeth Cory-Pearce – “Ahead of the de-colonising intervention: Maori colonial portraiture as a co-produced object.”

15.30 – 16.00 break


16.00 – 18.00 session 5                                            session 6


Session 5
Chair: Alenka Pirman
Kristine Bonnevies hus, auditorium 3

Session 6
Chair: Gro Ween
Kristine Bonnevies hus, auditorium 2

Annemarie Bücher – “REALLABS: collaborative agency and bottom up development of cultural landscapes” Alanna Cant – “Negotiating the sacred-historic in Mexican Catholic heritage.”
Dominique Lämmli – “Working with Art in Social Transformation” Mark R. Westmoreland, Nii Obodai, and Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong: - “Broken Ground: Sites of Storing Stories in Ghana”
Sara Dornhof – “Artistic Engagements with Transcultural Memories and Heritage in Morocco” Melanie Sindelar – “The nation takes place in the future: artistic responses to cultural heritage in the Arab Gulf”
Jully Acuña Suárez & Marcelo Marques Miranda: - “Decolonizing the Representation of an Indigenous People in a Museum through Participatory Art and Co-curation” Chiara de Cesari - "Creative statecraft: Art and cultural pratices as forms of the political imagination."
Justin Armstrong – “Remainders As Reminders: ruins as cultural heritage in a network society” Tone Cecilie Simensen Karlgård - “Power Cut – Objects at Work

Reflections on contested meanings of museums objects”




Attendance is free (and includes coffee and tea break provisions), and everybody is welcome to attend the conference. BUT you have to register, providing your full contact details and affiliation.

Questions can be forwarded to Eline Olafsrud: 

by January 10, 2019 (DEADLINE).

Tags: TRACES, conference, Anthropology, Art, History
Published Dec. 12, 2018 8:10 PM - Last modified Feb. 6, 2019 9:10 PM