An Anthropological Theory of Dispossession
Restitution, Human Remains, Material Culture Theory, Collecting Practices
Sydney’s current research investigates dispossession and the restitution of materials from the global North to the Pacific. Her research interests focus on understanding debt and reciprocity with regards to museological returns.
“Re-Ordering Knowledge through Materials at the University of Oxford Museums” in Re-Thinking The Archaeology/Heritage Divide, Archaeological Review of Cambridge 37.1, forthcoming May 2022.
“Restitution, Social Justice, and the Benin Bronzes” in Deaccessioning in a Post-Pandemic World, Eds. Mark Gold and Stefanie Jandl, Edinburgh: Museums Etc., p. 238-258, 2021.