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Matters of Care: In Conversation with Naman Ahuja
How can ethnographic and world cultures museums use their collections and galleries as spaces which create active discussion around the impact of humans on the planet, while also highlighting what long-term perspectives can tell us about sustainability for developing positive futures? The project TAKING CARE explores the connections between ethnographic collections and questions regarding the climate crisis, the Anthropocene and issues related to the afterlives of colonialism (https://takingcareproject.eu/).

In the final week of the Matters of Care: Museum futures in times of planetary precarity conference series, keynote speaker Naman Ahuja shares his thoughts on the decolonisation of museums and the globalisation of art history. In conversation with Clare Harris, he will discuss the issues around showcasing difference and the difficulties of translating one culture into the language of another.

May 20, 2021 09:00 AM in London

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Professor Naman Ahuja
Naman Ahuja is an art historian, curator, and Professor of Indian Art and Architecture at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His research and teaching focus on Indian iconography and sculpture, temple architecture and Sultanate-period painting. He has curated a number of exhibitions in museums across the globe, including the critically acclaimed exhibition on The Body in Indian Art and Thought, which was shown at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the National Museum in Delhi in 2013-14. He is also the editor of Marg, India’s leading magazine and journal on the arts.
Professor Clare Harris
Clare Harris is Curator for Asia Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum and Professor of Visual Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. Her pioneering work on Tibetan art, visual culture, material culture, photography and museums has received global recognition. Clare’s work on Tibet and its diaspora has been informed by her wider interests in contemporary art and aesthetics, the politics of collecting and, and a critical approach to the impact and aftermath of British imperialism in India and Tibet.