This weekend the Musée du quai Branly hosts a two-day symposium entitled Des collections anatomqiues aux objets de culte: conservation et exposition des restes humains dans les musées (or, "From Human Remains to Cult Objects: Conservation and Display of Human Remains in Museums"). The symposium, which is open to the public, will be held February 22 and 23 in the Théâtre Claude Levi-Strauss at the Musée.
Each of the four round tables will cover a different aspect of the problem (titles loosely translated from the French):
- Repatriating human remains: Why, for whom, under what conditions?
- Do human remains have a place in museums today?
- The status of human remains from the legal, ethical and philosophical points of view
- How to get along? Institutional mediation
A fuller description (pdf) is also available online.