colloquium proceedings

The first proceedings of the colloquia organized by the musée du quai Branly are on-line.

colloquia dedicated to anthropology and art history 

The musée du quai Branly's Department of Research and Teaching offers one to two colloquia, of international importance, each year, since its opening in 2006.

colloquium proceedings

These collective publications reproduce the discussions. The proceedings are composed of articles selected by the department team, in collaboration with the scientific directors of each of the events.

Art history and anthropology

  • co-publication INHA / musée du quai Branly

The colloquium addressed the relationships between art history and anthropology after the opening of the musée du quai Branly in Paris (June 2006). Art historians and anthropologists were invited to jointly consider works of art and their interpretation methods ...

read the Art history and anthropology colloquium proceedings


Publications in progress

Some past and future colloquia will soon be published on-line :

  • From anatomical collections to religious objects: conservation and exhibition of human remains in museums (colloquium held on 22nd and 23rd February 2008)

  • Performance, art and anthropology (colloquium held on 11th and 12th March 2009)

  • Rituals and power at Teotihuacan (colloquium held on 8th and 9th October 2009)

  • Black literature (colloquium held on 29th and 30th January 2010)

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Records of the musée du quai Branly's inaugural encounters

under the direction of Bruno Latour

20th June 2006

The musée du quai Branly opened its doors in June 2006.  On this occasion, individuals from around the world gathered together at round tables to engage in a fundamental reflection on the future of such an institution.
Who owns the artefacts? What place does contemporary art hold in a museum that is basically dedicated to traditional art? Is the museum a secular space or can it claim to be a sacred space? What sort of discourse should be held about the artworks? How should the problem of authenticity be tackled? How can we develop the immaterial aspects of heritage? Which public are we addressing? What role should by played by international cooperation?

These were the questions that the researchers, artists, curators, philosophers and writers tried to answer, guided by the common belief that the musée du quai Branly's vocation should be to open up to the world, to develop exchanges with the countries that the collections have come from and to benefit from this permanent dialogue.

448 pages in 20 cm x 17.5 cm format

10.50 €

ISBN 978-2-7427-6861-5

Co-edited by the musée du quai Branly / Actes Sud

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