Collaborative practices: rethinking narratives and musealization processes (closed)


Editors: Rita Juliana Soares Poloni (Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel), Diego Lemos Ribeiro (UFPel) and Elizabete Mendonça (Unirio)


Since the 1960s, different scientific fields have brought the collective construction of science to the center of their debates. In this context, the importance of different narratives, actors, and worldviews for scientific construction gains special attention. Public history, community archeology, and collaborative museology are some of the fields born out of this movement, and its scientific practices have intertwined in projects focused on political demands and social transformations.

In fields related to material culture studies, such approaches aim to rethink hegemonic narratives and establish principles of decentralization and co-decision in the processes of valorization, documentation, preservation, and dissemination of heritage, raising the issue of identities and social/cultural memories at the center of the debate.

Aligned with the field of history, this dossier intends to question the intrinsic links between the constitution of hegemonic historical narratives, the construction of homeland histories in the emergence and consolidation of National States, and the emergence of museological institutions as places of construction and consolidation of the Authorized Discourses of Heritage.

In the opposite direction, this dossier also aims to gather reflections that challenge and question colonial projects of musealization and patrimonialization. The aim is to bring together studies that address collaborative experiences aligned with the native perspective of museum and heritage, guided by the demands of the communities of interest – especially indigenous peoples and communities of African origin, among other cases.

Also of interest are experiences and reflections that touch on shared curatorial practices as well as collaborative heritage management, thought from an intercultural, intertemporal and interdisciplinary horizon, and whose focus is the confluence of epistemes.

Lastly, research is sought that decolonize museological and heritage canons, in their multiple dimensions, in which “things” are open to contradictions and new possibilities of reading. In this context, there is also a search for experiences and studies aimed at taking possession of collections, sites and landscapes, proposals for repatriation and processes involving the repair of forgotten and subordinated memories.

Proposals (maximum 500 words) must be sent by 30 November 2023 to the email address Proposals must be accompanied by a short biographical note. The acceptance or refusal of the proposal will be communicated by 15 December 2023. Proposals that are accepted must be submitted by 31 March 2024.