Rethinking popularity, purpose, and protocol in displaying the dead in museums

Since the 1990s debate about the display of human remains and objects made from human materials has seen a significant increase in the published literature that includes regulatory codes, ethical guidelines, declarations of community protest, and professional statements of support both for and against displaying the dead. This paper presents an overview of some of these debates in the wider framework of decolonising display and the purpose for, and popularity of, showing human remains in museums.

VMMA-Pitt Rivers Museum SeminarSeries Michaelmas 2018

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre (off Robinson Close)

Fridays at 1pm (Weeks 1-8)

Convened by Gemma Angel and Marcus Banks