Global Europe: Constituting Europe from the outside in through artefacts

The Global Europe project explored how the collection, circulation, classification and museum exhibition of objects define Europe from the outside in during Europe’s present loss of global hegemony – especially in relation to Japan and four non-European BRICS countries (Brazil, China, India, South Africa), in comparison with the early modern period of European ascendancy.

THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED (project period: 2015-2021)

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The idea of Europe – as continent, as civilization, as social imaginary, as transnational territorial institution – has been studied from various disciplines, but usually from within Europe.

Historically, the idea of Europe emerged through the collection, circulation, classification and museum exhibition of objects from outside of Europe – Africa, Asia and the America – in the curiosity cabinets of the early modern period when Europe rose to world dominance.

The aim of this project was to explore how the collection, circulation, classification and museum exhibition of objects define Europe from the outside in during Europe’s present loss of global hegemony – especially in relation to Japan and four non-European BRICS countries (Brazil, China, India, South Africa), in comparison with the early modern period of European ascendancy.

The research took place in museums in these five countries as well as in European museums, using anthropological, historical and museological methods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amélia Siegel Corrêa (2021) "Brazilian artists in Magiciens de la Terre and the challenges of classifications". World Art, 11:3. pp 289-309.

Vibe Nielsen (2019) “Demanding Recognition – Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa” PhD thesis.

Vibe Nielsen (2019) '25 år efter apartheid. Er Sydafrika endelig helet?' Kronik, Politiken.

Jens Sejrup (2018) "Japanese dreams: Kurokawa Kishō’s annex to the Van Gogh Museum and its later re-appropriation"; Museum History Journal 11:1;p. 76-93.

Jens Sejrup (2019) "Unrealizations: The making and unmaking of two Japanese-designed extensions to European museums", International Journal of Cultural Studies 22. 6,p. 823-843.

Oscar Salemink (2018)  'Curatorship, authentication and authorization in China'.  Paper presented at the conference “Art, Materiality and Representation”. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, British Museum, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1-3 June 2018.

Oscar Salemink:' City of Art: State, market and the urban reinvention of Shanghai'
Paper for the conference Global Power of Private Museums: Arts and publics – states and markets. Berlin, 16-18 November 2017.

Amélia Siegel Corrêa (2019) 'Inhotim: breve história de uma coleção internacional brasileira.' In: MORETHY COUTO, M et al., (ed). Histórias da arte em museus. Rio de Janeiro, Rio Books.

Amelia Siegel Correa (2018). Artistas ou mágicos ? Arte afro-brasileira em Magicien de la Terre. In:. 42o Encontro Anual da Anpocs, Caxambu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of project
Professor Oscar Salemink
Department of Anthropology
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Phone: +45-35 32 44 72
E-mail: o.salemink@anthro.ku.dk

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers

Name Title Image
Oscar Salemink Professor Billede af Oscar Salemink

Funded by

Danmarks Frie Forskningsråd

Global Europe is funded by Danish Council for Independent Research

Project: Global Europe
Project Leader: Oscar Salemink
Start:  December 2015
End: September 2021