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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

  • Tapa: Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific 

    Thomas, Nicholas; Adams, Julie (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2013-04-30)
    Catalogue of the Exhibition 'Tapa: Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific' held at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (1 May 2013 - 14/07/2013) and at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (25 March 2014 - 19 April 2014).
  • Sounding out the Morning Star: Music and West Papua 

    Blake, Elizabeth; Adams, Julie (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2015-03-10)
    Exhibition brochure on sound and music in West Papua, drawing on Alexander F. R. Wollaston's collection
  • Magic & Memory: Paul Montague in New Caledonia 

    Adams, Julie (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2014-09-17)
    Exhibition brochure commemorating Cambridge zoologist Paul Montague's research in New Caledonia