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Morgue, Mausoleum – or Museum? How museum materiality works to transform human remains
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2020 (English)In: Tidskrift för ABM, ISSN 2002-4614, ISSN 2002-4614, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 17-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I present results from recent ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Scandinavian museums, focusing on visitors’ attitudes towards the display of human remains. While the dead body can elicit fear, sorrow, or disgust in other contexts, participant observations show that most visitors seem indifferent to the presence of bodies in museums. Drawing on anthropologist Annemarie Mol’s research on the “multiple” nature of the body, I attribute this indifference to the ability of the museum space to transform the remains from abject corpses into viable museum objects. In line with Media Studies scholar Katherine Goodnow, I see the museum as a genre recognizable to visitors; a genre in which human remains traditionally have a place as objects on display. Through ethnographic examples, I show how upholding this genre determines whether we see remains as belonging in a morgue or mausoleum – or in a museum.

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Uppsala, 2020. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 17-33
Keywords [en]
Human Remains, Museums, Visitor Experiences, Museology, Ethnology, Ethnography, Field Work
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Ethnology
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Ethnology; Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-427726OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-427726DiVA, id: diva2:1508557
Available from: 2020-12-10 Created: 2020-12-10 Last updated: 2020-12-15

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