MA student Victor Moore has had his first book review published in the Journal of Caribbean History.
PhD student Aaron Jesch recently gave a presentation at the Pacific Northwest History Conference held in Tri-Cities on September 30, about the Performativity of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
Pamela Lee, ABD, published her review of Rob Boddice, Humane Professions: The Defence of Experimental Medicine, 1876–1914 in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 52, No.4 (Spring 2022): 605-606.
Kyley Canion-Brewer will present her paper, “What Remains? Decolonization in the History of the AfricaMuseum (1897 – 2020),” based on her M.A. thesis with Dr. Sun, at the French Colonial Historical Society annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 14, 2022.
MA student Kyley Canion-Brewer will be participating in the 2021 Graduate Caucus Roundtable “Rethinking Research in the Age of Digital Humanities” for the 2022 Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference. For this conference she will be presenting her digital project that maps potential points of restitution in the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Brussels.
The AfricaMuseum underwent a 5-year remodel between 2013 and 2018 wherein it claimed to ‘decolonize’ itself in regards to both its community role and it’s collection. One consequence of this remodel is a focus on the provenance, or origin, of collection artifacts.
The digital ‘provenance’ tour operates through QR scanning to allow patrons to (optionally) investigate the origins of specific pieces across the colonial and post-colonial exhibits, however, the museum itself in a public setting continues to maintain the provenance of their collections are unknown and thus do not require the much called for restitution of religious and cultural artifacts back to the Congo.
This digital project is a website with an interactive map that seeks to place these artifacts in conversation with BOTH the museum and their place of origin (DRC). The goal of this is to restructure the information the museum is sharing across platforms to help visitors to investigate for themselves the colonial position that the AfricaMuseum still very much occupies to this day.