‘The Museum without Objects:
Intangible culture and representation in the age of
Prof. Francois Verges,
College d’études mondiales, Fondation des sciences de
In the second half of the twentieth century, the theoretical terrain on museums changed dramatically and decolonization had an important impact on the debate. Since, memory has become central in the creation of a new wave of museums, not memory as nostalgia but memory as a new form of writing history, as a challenge to any master text, to allow the voices of the anonymous, of the oppressed to rupture hegemonic narratives. In her presentation, the speaker looks at the possibility of building a “museum without objects” for the 21st century, in a territory of the South, a museum about intangible practice, knowledge, and about a history which has left few if not no tangible objects, in a context of neo-liberalism, new forms of struggle and new and rapid discoveries in technologies.
Prof. Françoise Vergès is currently Chair “Global South(s)” at College d’études mondiales, Fondation des sciences de l’homme, Paris. She got her Ph.D. at the University of Berkeley in Political Theory (1995). Between 2003 and 2010, she was head of the scientific and cultural programme for a museum in Reunion Island and works as an independent curator.