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Reparative Readings in the Scottish Design Galleries

Past event Wednesday 29 September 2021
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    Wednesday 29 Sep 2021

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Objects as agents of repair

Repair is a critical notion within discussions of decolonisation and has been used to think about how contemporary society, in this case museums, might work to make amends for the violence of imperial pasts.

The Scottish Design Galleries tell stories about Scotland’s design history from 1500 to the present day. Their themed displays focus on things that make design in Scotland unique, from the country’s specific natural resources to its patterns of immigration and emigration. These galleries are not a definitive statement about Scotland’s design history, but a snapshot to be explored and expanded, beyond dominant narratives.

Join Dr. Emma Bond as she considers the cultural and artistic legacies of objects such as rubber golf balls, jute sacks, and Paisley designs on display in the Scottish Design Galleries. Using these objects, Emma will explore histories that go beyond national boundaries, building on contemporary theory that highlights the potential of museum objects to act as agents of repair.

Dr. Emma Bond, Reader in Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, and Principal Investigator on the Transnational Scotland Project. Dr Emma Bond is a contributing member of V&A Dundee’s Scottish Design Galleries Advisory Group.

This event will have BSL interpretation.

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