Through RCMC labs, we aim to stimulate sustained discussions and research on topics related to our research themes.

About RCMC Labs

Labs are recurring meetings for groups of committed researchers who seek to push forward thinking about a given topic and ultimately aim to collaborate or to produce innovative new work. Some labs will be organized around the work or ideas of RCMC Distinguished fellows, who are selected for their particular expertise on a subject. Labs will explore a variety of formats, including small discussion groups, lectures, masterclasses, seminars, and closed workshops (for publication preparation).

Over the coming months and years, new labs will be announced for each research theme. See below for more information on specific labs.

Lab projects

Technologies of Certain Bodies - RCMC Lab

Technologies of Certain Bodies

This project attempts to bring forth modes of (un)thinking, literature, archives, and cultural production that trace the complex genealogies that inform the engineering of the body in the afterlives of slavery and colonialism.
Reparative Acts Lab - RCMC

Reparative Acts

The Reparative Acts Lab explores the possibilities and impossibilities for ethnographic museums contributing to the repair and redress of historical wounds.
Thinking Photography - RCMC

Thinking Photography

TPL is intended as a network space for those interested to think openly and critically about (ethnographic/colonial) photography, their histories, materialities, theories and their roles in the present.
Key Concepts - RCMC

Key Concepts: Material Culture Studies in the Museum

This series will explore the material turn in the social sciences and the humanities as a starting point for rethinking museum practice and collections-based research.
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Thinking With

RCMC’s Thinking With is a conversational series that makes a commitment to a certain kind of collaborative criticality. This project complements several of our existing initiatives, as well as our attentiveness to the notion of “togetherness.”