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Investigates the art and history of the Pacific, and Europe’s engagement with Oceania, through the rich ethnographic collections found in many European museums.

Pacific Presences investigates the art and history of the Pacific, and Europe’s engagement with Oceania, through the rich ethnographic collections found in many European museums. Whilst a few works have become icons of Oceanic art, extensive collections, formed over the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, remain largely unstudied. Focusing on collections from the Pacific, which are now in museums in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom, this project will use inter-disciplinary methods to explore a broad range of artworks from the region. Considering the constitutive role of artefacts in Pacific societies whilst addressing the complexity of their cross-cultural histories, the project aims to confront and explore the colonial lives of the collections and consider their significance and salience to twenty-first century communities and audiences, in both the Pacific and Europe. The project is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement n° [324146]11.

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Recent Submissions

  • The Other Selwyn: John Richardson Selwyn in Melanesia and Cambridge 

    Carreau, Lucie; Stratton, Elizabeth; Adams, Sonya (Pacific Presences, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2017-09-08)
    Exhibition brochure on John Richardson Selwyn and his legacy in the collections of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Selwyn College Cambridge.
  • Paul Denys Montague en Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1914 

    Adams, Julie (Pacific Presences, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2016-04-27)
    This book examines the life and legacy of Paul Denys Montague, a zoologist turned anthropologist who undertook research in New Caledonia in 1914. The book focuses on the collections he made and their significance in the present.
  • Collections from the H.M.S Royalist in Kiribati, 1892 

    Clark, Alison (Pacific Presences, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2016-04-06)
    A community book listing the objects collected by the H.M.S Royalist from the islands of Kiribati in 1892.
  • Collections from the Solomon Islands 

    Carreau, Lucie (Pacific Presences, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2016-05-04)
    This book gives an overview of the collections from the Solomon Islands under the care of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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