Programme: Creative Europe&
Action: Cooperation projects
This project situates Museums of Ethnography and World Cultures at the centre of ongoing discussions about citizenship and belonging in contemporary Europe. Migrations and contemporary trans-border movements within the European Union have refigured the demography and citizenry of European nation states. Within this framework also the role of these museums with their rich collections cataloguing the diversity of world cultures is changing. Through a series of work programmes organised within six themes, the project will contribute to the development of new tools and practices to better address the new citizenship regimes within Europe, while also helping the museums to better function within a global context. These new practices aim at serving the multiple stakeholders both at home and in a transnational/global context. The project builds on the outcomes and successes of three earlier EC funded projects: READ-ME I & II, and the Ethnography Museums and World Cultures (RIME), funded by the EU’s Cultural programme. These earlier projects not only created a strong network of European Ethnographic and World Cultures museums where they shared expertise, collections and best practices, but also facilitated critical reflection on the histories of the museums and their collections, fostering the development of new ideas for exhibitions and for the engagement with their various publics. Today these ethnographic museums are, partly due to these earlier projects, at the forefront of developing self-reflexive and inclusive practices. SWICH project draws on this already existing network (while expanding to include new partners) museums, and will also build on some of the best practices developed in these earlier projects. It revolves around interrelated key concepts: relationality, cultural subjecthood, emotional citizenship and diaspora, and co-creativity. It also addresses Europe’s diversity by looking at the intersecting diasporas of objects and people.