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Precious Relics: Materiality and Value in the Practice of Ethnographic Collection

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The Precious Relics project is a three and half year collaborative project funded by the Danish Research Council. In our original conception of the overall project and application for funding, we proposed to explore the relationships between the value(s) of artifacts and changes in social values through four case studies of the changing value of artifacts connected with religious practice. As practice changes, the type and value of the artifacts in use changes. Ethnographers based in Denmark have preserved artifacts from social worlds that no longer exist. It is our thesis that ethnographic collections have value for both the descendants of the original source communities and for Denmark, because they are indices of previous values that inspire us to reflect on present values. The four subprojects will study Afghanistan, Tibet, Papua New Guinea, and Denmark.
Effective start/end date01/12/201501/12/2021

    Research areas

  • ethnographic collection, value, materiality, anthropology, Museum Studies, Tibet, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Denmark



Research outputs

ID: 129031497