Conference Schedule *changed due to the SAS strike

the final conference of 'Precious Relics: Materiality and Value in the Practice of Ethnographic Collection’


Hosted by Aarhus University and Moegaard Museum

All events at Moesgaard Museum, unless otherwise noted


Thursday, May 2nd @the Auditorium

14:00-14:30 Welcome and Introduction to the Precious Relics Project

14:30-15:30 Keynote Presentation

Carole McGranahan, 'The Politics of Social Death: Buddhism, Impermanence, and Family in Tibet'

Impermanence as a Concept

15:30-16:15 Ton Otto, 'Making Transient Cultural Worlds'

16:00-16:45 Cameron David Warner, ''Do What You Think About': Fashionable Responses to the End of Tibet'

(Museum Closes, Reception and Dinner for Conference Participants at Skovmøllen)


Friday, May 3rd @room 302

Impermanence and Materiality

9:30 Cecil Marie Schou Pallesen, 'On Vanishing Communities, Perishing Houses, and the Need to Hold on to Something'

10:00 Laura McAtackney, 'Impermanence and Memory-Making at an Abandoned Institution'

10:30-11:00 Coffee

The Impermanence of Museum Collections @room 302

11:00 Haidy Geismar, 'Conserving the Social (in Museums)'

11:30 Martin Grünfeld, 'The Metabolic Collection'

12:00-13:00 Lunch @Moesgaard Museum Café

13:00-14:30 Guided Tours of the Exhibitions, 'Impermanence Museum' and 'Lives of the Dead'

14:30-15:30 Keynote Presentation @the Auditorium

Caitlin DeSilvey, 'Foundering'

15:30-16:00 Coffee

Heritage and Impermanence @room 302

16:00 Ulrik Høj Johnsen, 'Permanent Stairways to Heaven?'

16.30 Anna-Karina Hermkens, 'Creation, Decay and Destruction: Predicaments of Papua New Guinean Things'

An Artists' Talk with Champagne immediately followed by dinner

17:00 Sarah Schorr and Winnie Soon, 'Screenshooting Impermanence'

18:00-19:00 Dinner- Catered Sushi


Saturday, May 4th @room 302

Aging and Disease

10:00 Henry Llewellyn, 'The Disclosure of Impermanence in the Care of People with Terminal Disease'

10:30-11:00 Coffee

Absolute Ends: Death

11:00 Maria Louw, 'Atheist Endings'

11:30 Miki Chase, 'A Reflection on Impermanence, Self-Effacement, and Bodily Undoing in the Jain Fast Until Death'

12:00-13:00 Lunch @Moesgaard Museum Café

Identity and Impermanence in Practice

13:00 Ward Keeler, 'Asserting One's Identity vs. Subordinating to Power in the Face of Impermanence'

13:30 Julia Cassaniti, 'Certainly Uncertain: Thai Buddhist Religious Practice as a Critique of Malinowski’s Uncertainty Hypothesis'

14.00 Walk through the forest to Moesgaard Beach/return to town

19:00 Dinner at St. Pauls Apoteket