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Museums, Contemporary Art and Decolonization

Resources for curating contemporary art and decolonizing pedagogical ideas.

Decolonization, Art and Museums

Circleworks: Transforming Eurocentric Consciousness. Fyre Jean Graveline. 1998. This book is intended to contribute to both the theoretical debate and classroom practice in the field of education. It explores the legitimacy of Aboriginal, holistic paradigms within some of the diverse frameworks available to educators: experiential learning, feminist and anti-racist pedagogies are emphasized. It documents an effort to interrupt current Aboriginal/European power relations by evolving an alternative Aboriginal teaching model and enacting it within university classrooms. The work reflects an understanding that all sites must be engaged as potentially emancipatory.

Contesting Knowledge Museums and Indigenous Perspectives. Susan Sleeper-Smith. University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums. Amy Lonetree. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Jo-Ann Archibald, Jenny Lee-Morgan. 1968.

Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights. Jane Anderson. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2015, Vol.11, p.769-778

In the Balance Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization. Liverpool University Press, 2017.

Mapping Modernisms: Art, Indigneity, Colonialism. Elizabeth Harney, Ruth B Phillips. Duke University Press, 2018.

Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums. Ruth B Phillips and Janice Anderson. MQUP 2011.

Museums in Transformation: Dynamics of Democratization and Decolonization. Annie E. Coombes, Ruth B. Phillips, Sharon Macdonald, Helen Rees Leahy. The International Handbooks of Museum Studies, Oxford, 2015.

Repatriation. Cara Krmpotich. Oxford University Press, 2020.