Colonialism today? What does that have to do with me?
Post-colonial approaches to knowledge transfer in a natural history museum
Building on these reflections, the second part of the project is dedicated to the interactive possibilities to convey colonial contexts of a natural history exhibition in the museum. In this context, the students are asked to develop their own educational possibilities for the Brazil exhibition at Deck 50 - the open innovation and experimentation space of the NHM Vienna. The key question for the students and the scientific project team is, what are the colonial contexts of a museum’s collection, and how can they be communicated critically and in an interactive manner in a natural science museum? For this purpose, a variety of research and survey steps will be undertaken together with the students. Afterwards, the results will be presented in the form of an exhibition format.
In this way, the project contributes to the further development of exhibition practice and to the development of formats of knowledge transfer in the NHM Vienna in connection with coloniality. Through the sociological research attributes of the project, the project researchers also hope to gain new insights into citizen science processes and cultural participation.
(Photocredit © Christina Rittmannsperger)