In this follow-up to our two-part special feature on the 2018 Museum Ethnographer’s Group conference “Decolonizing the Museum in Practice,” held in April of last year, we interview Dr. Wayne Modest, director of the Research Center for Material Culture.

Dr. Modest shares with us his thoughts on decolonizing as an ongoing commitment. He emphasizes the great responsibility that curators have to the people, past and present, who are represented in museum collections. In his view, museum research and curation must always be public-facing and must commit to working together with those whose lives are most precarious in the afterlives of colonialism and empire.

Click here for the transcript of the episode.

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