Seminarium: The Pacific in Sweden, Sweden in the Pacific: connections, collectors and collections

The National Museums of World Culture in Stockholm and Gothenburg hold extensive collections from Oceania, a result of various encounters, exchanges and engagements between Swedes, Pacific Islanders and fellow Europeans during scientific, exploring and anthropological expeditions to the Pacific from the late eighteenth century onwards.

The collections are tangible manifestations of these relationships and can be further understood as part of both Swedish and Pacific Islander heritage. This seminar will examine these shared histories embodied within museum collections, archival papers and historical records.

Objects from the National Museum of World Cultures collections, as well as objects from other museum collections will be used as examples. Problems and issues associated with collections-based research will also be discussed.


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