Abstract

The essay explores the hypothesis of colonial collecting processes involving the active addition of the colonial context and historical past to museum objects through the production of short stories. It examines the emergent historicity of collections through a focus on the "histories" that museum workers and colonial agents have been attaching to scientific collections of human skulls. Drawing on the notions of collection trajectory and historiographical work, it offers an alternative perspective from which to approach the creation of singular histories and individual archives for objects in collections.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6520
Print ISSN
1063-1801
Pages
pp. 1-23
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-12
Open Access
No
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