Rewriting Postcards: Experiments in Collaborative Transnational Curation

McGuirk, Siobhan. 2020. Rewriting Postcards: Experiments in Collaborative Transnational Curation. Studies on Home and Community Science, 14(1-2), pp. 18-30. ISSN 0973-7189 [Article]

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Since their invention, picture postcards have played a key role in circulating racist and imperial ideologies. In this paper, I explore how experiments in producing and exchanging postcards used in the Global Gender and Cultures of Equality (GlobalGRACE) project attempted to subvert traditional anthropological and colonial perspectives. Drawing on examples created for our exhibition Exchanging Cultures of Equality held in London in 2018, I discuss how GlobalGRACE researchers in six different countries individually and collectively sought to disrupt and challenge historical imaginaries using postcards. The creative process required us to consider how we might differently visualize, articulate, and publicly share ideas about our work and field sites while also asserting the value of transnational exchange. I argue that critical reflection on the tensions and challenges that arose from this transnational collaborative experiment are both productive and necessary in informing further and new decolonising engagements with postcards.

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Postcards, Colonialism, Transnational Communication, Curation

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December 2020Published
August 2020Accepted
June 2020Submitted

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23 Nov 2020 10:50

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16 Jun 2021 01:31

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