Critical Curating and Museum Practice: Decolonizing Archeological and Anthropological Collections

Master’s level
30 credits (ECTS)


The course is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and the Museum of World Culture with the aim of introducing the next generation of researchers and museum professionals to critical theories and practices in a museum context and in close dialogue with indigenous communities.

The course offers opportunities for second-cycle students to engage in research training activities and to gain vocational experience within the museum sector. Working closely with the collections, database and archives at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, the course addresses critical topics for contemporary museums of archaeology and ethnography, including digital and physical repatriation or restitution, decolonisation or indigenisation of museums, provenance research, regimes of visibility, biocultural and intellectual property, engagement with indigenous communities and distribution of curatorial authority. These topics are discussed through in-depth historical and critical reviews of curatorial and museum practices and in connection with real case studies.

The course has two sub-courses: (1) Theory and method and (2) Curatorial and museum

Prerequisites and selection


At least 60 credits (or equivalent) in first-cycle courses in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Heritage Studies, History, Classical Studies, Museum Studies, Culture Analysis, Conservation, or equivalent.