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Amelie Roussillon

  • Amelie RoussillonPhD Candidate
  • Region of Interest Oceania
  • Research Interests Arts and anthropology of Oceania; history of collections; museum ethnography; archives; museum practice
  • PhD Thesis From Papua New Guinea to European museums: revaluation of the trajectories of Abelam collections (working title)
  • Doctoral Research

    • This doctoral project focuses on the Abelam/Wosera (East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea) collections preserved in European ethnographic museums (mainly in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland), all collected in a relatively short time period during the second half of the 20th century.

      I wish to create a fresh perspective on the cultural biographies of these Abelam assemblages, taking into consideration the interacting agencies of the collectors and the collected, and how local processes may have influenced the collecting enterprise. The specific time frame during which these collections were assembled, around the Independence of Papua New Guinea in 1975, raises further questions as to the possible reasons for such a momentum in both the Abelam artistic production and the concomitant collecting enterprises.

      This project also aims to highlight the different phases of existence of these objects within multiple contexts, from Papua New Guinea to Europe, as well as the ongoing journey of these collections within museum institutions, i.e. their documentation, preservation and display, and the further possible reconnection with the Abelam people.

      Finally, from the perspective of these Abelam collections, I intend to investigate how broader ethnographic museums’ roles and practices can be questioned and re-envisioned.

  • Education

    • 2017: MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (Distinction), Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia. Dissertation: “Redefining the collection: (Re)collecting and translating processes of a Wosera assemblage from Papua New Guinea to the British Museum”.

      2016: Research MA in Art History – Study of collections (Distinction), Ecole du Louvre (Paris)/Leiden University (Netherlands), Erasmus exchange program. Dissertation: “From Papua New Guinea to the Netherlands:

      Critical study of the trajectory and issues of the Abelam collection bought by Dirk Smidt, Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden”.

      2015: MA in Museology, Ecole du Louvre (Paris). Dissertation: “Thewe, thawe, adi, miē…: study of the Kanak exchange money from the collections of the Musée du Quai Branly”.

      2014: BA in Art History, Ecole du Louvre (Paris). Specialisation in the Arts and Anthropology of Oceania and Africa.

  • Assistant - Intern

    • 2016: Volunteer at the Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of World Cultures), Leiden, Netherlands.

      2015: Curatorial Assistant at the Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris (“Picasso primitif” exhibition).

      2014: Intern at the Musée de Nouvelle-Calédonie, Nouméa (New Caledonia)

      2013: Intern at the Musée Africain, Lyon.