“Decolonise or indigenise? Moving towards sovereign spaces and the Māorification of New Zealand museology”
Puawai Cairns is specialized in contemporary Māori social history and advocates community-centered curatorial practice, and has just released a co-written book about protest objects (with Stephanie Gibson and Matariki Williams). Puawai is herself of Māori descent, from the tribes of Tauranga Moana: Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga and she has a particular interest in increasing and enhancing Māori representation and participation across the heritage sector. Puawai is excited to be given the challenge to oversee the major conceptual and architectural redevelopment of the Māori galleries at Te Papa over the next five years.
This event is organised by the Study Group Moves towards an anticolonial academy: exploring post and decolonial epistemic options, in cooperation with the Rörelsernas Museum and the support of the Department of Gender Studies and Pufendorf Institute of Advanced Studies.