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Anne Gustavsson

Anne holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology and works as a researcher. 

Works at

Humanisthuset, Biblioteksgränd 3 (huvudentré) Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Anne deploys anthropological and historical perspectives and ethnographic methods to conduct research about people´s relations to things and places within the fields of colonial history, as well as heritage and migration studies. Anne is especially engaged in the study of historical and contemporary relations between anthropological museums and ethnographized people. She has critically studied the social and affective dimension of “digital repatriation” by presenting and discussing with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous rural communities in Formosa (Argentina) archival material belonging to Swedish archives. Through archival work she has reconstructed colonial encounters between Indigenous Peoples and Swedish ethnographers and travelers in the border region between Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.

During 2022-2024, Anne participates as researcher in the project "Settlement and Dispossession Entangled: Swedish Migration to Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia" funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. This project focuses on Swedish migration to Latin America in the early 1900s. The main purpose is to discuss how migration, settlement and dispossession became entangled in everyday life of settler societies.

During 2018-2021 Anne led a postdoctoral research project, ”Photography, ethnography and colonization in the Río Pilcomayo medio. Histories and memories of the Nivaclé in the province of Formosa (Argentina)”.  The project dealt with visual repatriations processes and how people who are represented in museum´s visual collections related to this type of heritage today. Financed by Argentina´s National Research Council.