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Restitution and beyond in contemporary museum work: Re-imagining a paradigm of knowledge production and partnership

Thomas Laely


Today, anthropological museums have to reach out to external stakeholders to
reprocess and reappraise the history and acquisition of their collections. They are
much more than mere interpreters of a past heritage, but institutions having a place
in contemporary history to debate and shape ever-evolving cultures grounded in
both local and global concerns. The paper explores these questions using the
example of an ongoing trilateral museum partnership in knowledge generation
between Uganda and Switzerland.