Aims: The project aims to develop a comparative critique of approaches to universal histories in museums and of the role of museums in building knowledge about the future.

Methodology: The project combines critical investigation of universal histories and universal museums through four workshops – two in Paris and two in London – plus two historical case studies, based in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Musée du quai Branly.

Outputs: A conference, publications and the digitisation of key archival resources. We’ll also be blogging regularly about our activities and research progress.

Who we are: The project is led by Prof Sandra Kemp (V&A), Prof Hervé Inglebert (Université Paris Nanterre), and André Delpuech (Musée de l’Homme), assisted by postdoctoral researcher Chiara Zuanni (V&A). The project is jointly funded by the AHRC and LABEX.

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