This chapter is particularly concerned with how museums can stimulate intercultural dialogue, exploring the role artefacts might play in the process. The impact of the arts and cultural sector in facilitating refugees’ integration has been acknowledged by a number of publications. Programmes concerning the structural barriers that refugees encounter with respect to language, culture and the local environment have been a defining trend of much museum work in this area. A growing trend within current European museological thinking and practice is addressing the role of museums as spaces of intercultural dialogue. Ethnocentric perspectives around the body emerging from both Congolese and British cultures were discussed in the context of the events evoked by the object. People associated the pictures with some of the artefacts in the collection, on the basis of the particular emotion aroused by the object. The physicality expressed by the object animated discussions on the use of the body in space and issues of intimate.
|Title of host publication||Migrating Heritage|
|Subtitle of host publication||Experiences of Cultural Networks and Cultural Dialogue in Europe|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|