Ethnological Museums: "The First Steps of the New"
Ethnological museums in the 21st century have to embrace their influence on society not only thanks to a thoroughly knowledge of their collection but also by amplifying the civic discourse, accelerating the cultural and social change and contributing to contextual intelligence”. In his talk, Mauricio Estrada Muñoz describes the new plans for the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève and how the museum is coping with history and provenance issues. He focuses on the permanent exhibition “The Archives of Human Diversity” and how these are displayed in regard to different perspectives. Furthermore, he lines out different approaches on audience development and networking with different groups, for example diasporas installed in the vicinity of Geneva in order to promote their living traditions and intangible heritage.
Mauricio Estrada Muñoz is Head of Publics at the Museum of Ethnography, City of Geneva, and is in charge to develop along with his team outreach and educational programs that foster understanding and dialogue between audiences of all kinds. Until 2013 Mauricio contributed to the development and the implementation of Studio 13/16, Centre Pompidou’s teen gallery, and served as curator. Prior to museums, Mauricio worked as researcher in the field of social psychology. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Geneva and obtained an M.S in Communication for Cultural Heritage from the University of Lugano with honors.
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