Inclusive Global Histories: Performing Collections at the Ulster Museum

Briony Widdis*, Triona White Hamilton, Fiona Magowan*, Karen Logan

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Knowledge-sharing on performance collections; centres community memories; nurtures transdisciplinary discovery of musical instruments.

About this event
This is an in-person only event. Please register here as spaces are limited.

12:00, 26 July 2022.

Venue: Inclusive Global Histories exhibition, First Floor, Ulster Museum.

Curators, Dr Karen Logan and Tríona White Hamilton will discuss the Inclusive Global Histories exhibition and how the concept has been shaped by the museum decolonisation movement; and by National Museums NI's emphasis on - and long history of - contributing to inclusive futures in Northern Ireland.

Their tour will focus on musical instruments on display - including a raft zither from Nigeria; an Australian baobab nut used as a ceremonial rattle; performance masks from West Africa; and a vinyl recording of the American jazz composer, Sun Ra's soundtrack to the 1972 Afrofuturist film, 'Space is the Place'.

We will then move to the Learning Zone on the Museum's ground floor, where Belfast Zimbabwean musician, Agrippa Njanina, will play an mbira that he recently donated to the museum's collection. Roberta Bacic will introduce the 'Dancing Cueca Alone' arpillera, followed by a musical response by Victor Henriquez on charango. The arpillera, on loan from the Conflict Textiles collection, appears in the exhibition. Musician Yujing Peng will play and talk about the history of guzheng, how it is played and the different sounds it can produce. There will be a Q&A before close.

Participants may also be interested that Roberta Bacic's 'Conflict Textiles' exhibition is currently showing in the Queen's University Belfast McClay Library; see

This event is part of the Museums, Empire and Northern Irish Identity project in the Centre for Public History and Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast in partnership with National Museums NI and has been co-organised by Dr Briony Widdis and Professor Fiona Magowan.

Please note that this event will be filmed. The films will be available on the National Museums NI and Queen's University Belfast web pages after the event. Photos will also be taken.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2022
Event17th EASA Biennial Conference. EASA2022: Transformation, Hope and the Commons - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 202229 Jul 2022


Conference17th EASA Biennial Conference. EASA2022: Transformation, Hope and the Commons
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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