Contributors

Scholars, authors and artists from different countries who are experimenting different ways to move beyond the material, archival, and philosophical terms of museum objects.

Sani Yakubu Adam

Bayero University Kano

Sani Yakubu Adam is a lecturer in the Department of History, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. His broader area of interest is the history of Islam in northern Nigeria. He was a fellow of All Africa House Fellowship of the University of Cape Town in 2015 and presently a grantee of Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Doctoral Completion Fellowship. He is currently working on a PhD dissertation focusing on the formation and expansion of the book market of Kano, the major entrepot of northern Nigeria. The thesis examines the book business located in this space but also beyond its boundaries. It looks at all the major players that make up the book market from writers to copyists to printers and also the readers, as consumers, and other intermediaries. 

The Benin Plaque and Competing Narratives of the African Art

Photo: © Sani Yakubu Adam

Rachael Minott

Artist

Rachael Minott is a Jamaican-born artist, curator and researcher. She is currently Inclusion and Change Manager at the National Archives. Previous curatorial work has included working as Curator of Social Practice Anthropology at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, the exhibitions The Past is Now: Birmingham and the British Empire (2017), Within and Without: Body Image and the Self (2018) with Birmingham Museums Trust. As an artist she has exhibited in the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port au Prince, Haiti in 2015, and the Jamaica Biennial in 2017. Rachael is a Trustee of the Museums Association where she is the chair of the Decolonising Guidance Working Group.

Head to Head: Masculine and Feminine Approaches to Decolonisation.
Taino sculptures from the Caribbean

rachaelminott.com

Photo: © Outroslide Photography, 2018

Laura Osorio Sunnucks

British Museum

Dr. Laura Osorio Sunnucks is Head of the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. Previously she was Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for Latin America at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), University of British Columbia. She has also worked on the Indigenous and Minority Fellowship Programme at UNESCO Paris and in Anglophone education at the Louvre Museum. She holds a PhD in Mesoamerican Art and Heritage from the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.

A Dolphin Tooth Necklace from the Rubber Boom Genocide Collections at the British Museum

Photo: © Laura Osorio Sunnucks

María Mercedes Martínez Milantchí

British Museum

María Mercedes Martínez Milantchí is Project Coordinator for the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and an Erasmus Mundus masters in Archaeological Material Sciences (University of Evora, Sapienza University and Aristotle University) with a focus on pre-Columbian Caribbean archaeology. Previously, she has experience working and researching at the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations and Museum Conservation Institute, the Yale Art Gallery, and the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Her current research focuses on the archaeology and materialities of European/Indigenous encounter as part of the Corazón del Caribe project based on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. 

A Dolphin Tooth Necklace from the Rubber Boom Genocide Collections at the British Museum

Photo: © María Mercedes Martínez Milantchí

Juan Alvaro Echeverri

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Juan Alvaro Echeverri has a PhD in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York. He is currently a full professor at the Amazonia Campus of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is a specialist in native Amazonian Indigenous populations with work and research experience in social anthropology, ethnohistory, traditional knowledge, linguistic documentation and revitalization, Indigenous education, Indigenous territories, and ethnobotany in the Amazon. He is also the author of Cool Tobacco Sweet Coca (ThemisBooks). 

A Dolphin Tooth Necklace from the Rubber Boom Genocide Collections at the British Museum

Photo: © Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research

Oscar Romualdo Román Jitjudtjaaño

Murui-Muina elder

Oscar Romualdo Román Jitjudtjaaño is a Murui-Muina elder from the enokayaɨ (mafafa) clan. He was born in Entrerríos (Cahuinarí River, Colombia) in the 1930s. He completed traditional studies in material and sociocultural disease cure (with master cacique Eugenio Manaɨdɨkɨ).
Publications: “Cocamyth: Management and its Consequences” (Mundo Amazónico 2010), “Witoto Ash Salts from the Amazon” (Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2011) and “Ash Salts and Bodily Affects” (Environmental Research Leers 2013). 

A Dolphin Tooth Necklace from the Rubber Boom Genocide Collections at the British Museum

Photo: © Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research

Alicia Sánchez de Romualdo

Murui-Muina elder

Alicia Sánchez de Romualdo is a Murui-Muina elder from the aimenɨ (garza) clan. She was born in La Chorrera (Igaraparaná River, Colombia) in 1937 and is the daughter of the cacique Joyánɨraɨ. She received her primary education in the Indigenous orphanage in La Chorrera, and her later education in the Murui Indigenous culture. She has knowledge in local farming and homerearing, and is mother to eight children and grandmother to fifteen. She speaks the Mɨnɨka and Nɨpode dialects and the Murui-Muina language.

A Dolphin Tooth Necklace from the Rubber Boom Genocide Collections at the British Museum

Photo: © Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research

María Fernanda Esteban Palma

British Museum

María Fernanda Esteban Palma is a Curator in the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. She combines her background as a registered lawyer in Colombia with her anthropological training to better understand how contemporary communities produce and negotiate their culture. She has worked extensively with urban Indigenous groups from central Colombia. In addition to her ethnographic research, she is interested in the role of objects within ritual practice and how these objects are managed by museums and other institutions such as universities and cultural centres. She holds a law degree from the National University in Colombia, a Master of Arts degree in archaeology from the University of Exeter in the UK, and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA.

A Dolphin Tooth Necklace from the Rubber Boom Genocide Collections at the British Museum

Photo: © Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research

Asah

Musician

Asah is the lead musician and the Technical Manager of Kwan Pa (the right path in the Akan language of Twi), a four-member band that produces music of the Palm Wine genre. Kwan Pa was formed in 2017 to bring to the forefront and expand indigenous music of Ghanaian origin. In their music, Kwan Pa uses instruments like the acoustic guitar, Seprewa (harp-lute), Frikyiwa (castanet), Shekere (big rattle), Gome (square bass drum), Djembe, and Kpanlogo drums. They released their first album in March 2019.

The Akan Drum: An Instrument for Conversation

kwanpagh

Photo: © Kwan Pa

Heba Abd el Gawad

UCL

Heba Abd el Gawad is the research assistant for the AHRC-funded project: Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She has previously roles co-curating Two Temple Place’s 2016 Beyond Beauty exhibition, project curator of the British Museum’s Asyut Project, and more recently has guest curated Listen to Her! Turning up the Volume on Egypt’s Ordinary Women at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. She specialises in the history of Egyptian archaeology with particular focus on past and present Egyptian perceptions and representations of the collection of archaeological finds from Egypt to the world.

(Re)claiming the Rosetta: The Rosetta Stone and the (re)writing of Egypt’s Modern History

Photo: © Heba Abd el Gawad


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