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Embracing Perspectives of Melanesian West Papua in Museums as a Way of Recognition and Decolonization

Semester: Spring 2024

Presentation description

The complicated issue in West Papua such as annexation, colonialism, struggle to independence, and the emerging ideology of West Papua nationalism, are not reflected in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) when the institution labels West Papuan artifacts with "Indonesia" tag without bringing the ongoing political contexts. We interview West Papuan students, Pasifika activists and scholars, and different other museums to find better ways of displaying West Papuan artifacts in museums.

Presenter Name: Mike Komigi

Presentation Type: Poster
Presentation Format: In Person
Presentation #A52
College: Cultural & Social Transformation
School / Department: Gender Studies
Research Mentor: Maile Arvin
Date | Time: Tuesday, Apr 9th | 9:00 AM