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Imaging Minority Culture: Photography, Digital Sharing, and Cultural Survival in Northeast China

Imaging Minority Culture: Photography, Digital Sharing, and Cultural Survival in Northeast China

 

This is a project to research a previously unseen and recently digitised photographic archive of two ethnic minorities in northeast China: the Ethel John Lindgren Collection of Evenki and Orochen communities at the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge. The project will first use the photographs as tools during ethnographic fieldwork amongst contemporary Evenki and Orochen communities, identifying locations, landscapes, practices, and material objects to better understand everyday social life during this formative period in pre-communist China. In addition to working with communities and co-curating an exhibition the project will document the process of digital repatriation and sharing and describe their uses by community and state actors in the context of surging interest and investment in 'protecting' minority heritage and culture.

AHRC (2017–2019) Dr Richard Fraser