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In July, Philipp Schorch presented a paper at The Future of Ethnographic Museums conference at the University of Oxford, which was the culmination of a major EU funded project involving museums and universities.
He was then invited to contribute to an edited collection 'Engaging Communities' as part of the 'Heritage Matters' series by Boydell & Brewer: Suffolk, UK.
In April this year, The Ludwig Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, invited him to present at the New perspectives on transpacific connections conference and contribute to an edited collection, with his paper: 'Te papa travel stories: Negotiating the Americas and the South Pacific in a pluralist cosmopolitan space'.
The University of Goettingen recently established a centre for academic heritage in order for to strengthen research, outreach and conservation of its academic collections. The project focuses on the theory and history of cultures of knowledge, theories and cultural practices of academic collections as well as exhibitions, curatorial and outreach activities.
Philipp was awarded a scholarship with The Lichtenberg-Kolleg and the academic heritage office to use the extraordinary holdings of over 30 Goettingen academic collections in his study of the histories of transpacific encounters.
Philipp said of the project:
"Nations in the South Pacific face the dramatic dual pressures of local reinventions and global engagements over processes of political decolonisation, cultural revitalisation and economic development. However, we have a limited understanding of how cultural practices can embody these processes and illuminate the ways in which they are being negotiated. This project seeks to address this situation by documenting and analysing the function of curatorial practices in museums in negotiating new identities, achieving cultural renewal and developing economic opportunities."