Applied Cultural Transmission Studies (ACTS) using museum collections

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The first Applied Cultural Transmission Studies (ACTS) workshop brought together a small ‘core group’ of cultural evolution specialists to brainstorm relevant museum collections for studies, test questions and to discuss collaborative opportunities that will inform subsequent research at Nationalmuseet and beyond. Nationalmuseet has large material collections of considerable international significance. As a research institution, we can do a better job of activating this unique heritage with better engagement with diverse stakeholders in mind and novel research foci. For example, with the North American collections, we have stakeholders ranging from the public through to academics and beyond to local descendent communities (e.g. in California and Alaska). With this in mind, this two day workshop sought to develop a multidisciplinary research agenda. Discussions focused on utilizing the museum’s diverse American ethnographic and archaeological collections to investigate the modes and processes of cultural transmission and evolution evident in the material record from the Americas. Better understanding the deep histories of cultural adaptation and change is critical at a time when humanity is facing dramatic near-term changes to cultural-environmental interfaces in the era of looming climate crises.
Period23 Feb 202224 Feb 2022
Event typeWorkshop
LocationCopenhagen, DenmarkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational